12 Responses

  1. Michelle S
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    I agree that ATC did a remarkable job. They deserve as much credit as any of the first responders and not only the tower, but NorCal as well. Thanks to them we’re only reading about one plane crash today.

  2. Carl
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    Yeah, the television broadcast media did a poor job yesterday, but KCBS radio i thought did a very good job.

    And good advice about takeoff/landing preparedness. Good post.

  3. progapanda
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    A point always worth being reminded of: shoes on and laced up, and passport(s) and phone on my person during takeoff and landing. Always.

    Your Hawaiian shirt = my Bellroy travel wallet in this context.

  4. Carl
    Carl at |

    Some of the injury reports are spinal fractures apparently due to belted passengers being thrown forward and then back. Is that why seatbelts should be low and tight?

  5. Alan
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    Thanks for such a sensible and balanced report of things. Agree a new found respect for ATC staff – don’t know if you caught Airport Live on the BBC a couple of weeks ago, but very impressive to see them at work first hand!

  6. MDR
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    NTSB Twitter feed contains some additional pictures of wreckage, including some from the interior: https://twitter.com/NTSB

  7. Eric
    Eric at |

    Credit should also be given to the Flight Attendants for their quick and efficient evacuation. Without them those doors would not have opened and without their commands most passengers would have panicked and freeze.

  8. Adam
    Adam at |

    I am not an emotional person, but for some reason I started crying when I was listening to that ATC feed. I can’t imagine what those people on OZ214 must have been going through. And I am in awe of the ATC professionals. If anything like this ever happens to me, I can only hope for such expertise.

  9. FirstClassFlyer
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    Here’s a couple more tips:

    – Never wear shorts when flying (you can pick up a nasty rug burn going down the slide)
    – Don’t wear panty hose (they actually can melt from the friction of going down the slide)
    – Mentioned above: always have your shoes on for takeoff and landing
    – No matter how many times you’ve heard it, pay rapt attention to the safety briefing
    – Count the rows to the nearest exit (ahead or behind you)
    – Never grab your personal belongings (despite what you see in some of the OZ pics) – they will just slow your exit as well as those behind you. There is nothing you have packed that is worth a life.
    – Listen to crewmember instructions – they have been specifically trained for emergencies; you never know how you will react in one and some people don’t have a clear head about them. So listen and follow directions.
    – if you sit in an exit row, take it seriously! You could be the person getting people to leap out of an airplane-are you willing and able to help?

  10. jamie
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    Yes, I was disappointed by the coverage. I was listening to Here and Now on NPR and they did a teaser for the segment they were having with a pilot, that made it sound like he was going to say how hard it is to fly different planes and to land at different airports when you’re used to another one (i.e. 747 to 777 or landing at SFO for the first time). When he was actually on, he said the opposite. does every news outlet feel like they must say something about the crash, even if they have nothing meaningful to add to the discussions.
    I was also surprised that I haven’t heard anyone on the news mention the fact that people brought bags with them off the plane, and that you should absolutely NOT do that. That can literally cost someone’s life behind you. It seems like this is a great opportunity to remind people in real life that if you will feel like grabbing something before you get off the plane, make sure it is ON you, so that you won’t. Like you with your passport and phone. I’ve got two little kids, so I don’t see anything other then getting them off the plane going through my mind, but passport and phone in a pocket is a great idea.