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Asiana Airlines Crash in San Francisco

Asiana Airlines Crash in San Francisco

Three Dead, 182 Hospitalized After Fiery Crash

The Science of Survival: Safety Tips in Case of a Plane Crash



    The Science of Survival: Safety Tips in Case of a Plane Crash
    In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. The pilot at the controls of airliner had just 43 hours of flight time in the Boeing 777 and was landing one for the first time at San Francisco International. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    When looking at images of the Asiana Flight 214 wreckage, it's hard to believe that over 300 people walked out of the crash alive. 

    NBC's Tom Costello reports that 1 out of every 1.2 million flights will crash and almost all passengers will survive.  This has been credited to the way modern airplanes are built, such as with impact-absorbing seats and fire-resistant carpet to allow for more escape time.
    At the FAA Research Center in Oklahoma City, plane crashes are simulated in order to research potentially life-saving survival tactics in case of such emergencies.
    One of the most important keys to survival in a plane crash is being aware of where you are in the aircraft. Always know your nearest exit. 
    It takes only 30 seconds for smoke to fill the cabin and 60 seconds before interior plastic and fabrics can turn the smoke toxic. Passengers should move towards the exits as quickly as possible without stopping to grab bags, luggage or any other personal belongings.
    Stay low and use the arm rests for support when making your way towards the exit in order to reduce smoke inhalation. 
    Most importantly, remember that time is essential. Moving calmly but quickly will increase your chances of getting out safely.

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