We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets.
rtha: “I hate landing at Boston more than SFO. But landing at SFO, I have more than once had that "Oh hey there's the Bay RIGHT THERE HOLY COW...oh, wheels down, never mind..." feeling.”
While many children were aboard the plane and have been treated, they appear to have escaped the kinds of spinal injuries seen in the adults, Manley says. “Most of the severe injuries were in adults,” he said.
"We don't have too many severely injured children," Knudson agreed.
“I think kids are typically more flexible,” Manley said. “They have a lower center of gravity. Little kids are made to rough and tumble. They do weather injuries well.”
About half of all passengers try to take their carry-on with them in an evacuation . . . Later, plane-crash survivors report that these collected carry-on bags posed a major obstacle to getting out quickly and safely. People tripped on them as they groped through the darkness, and the bags became weapons as they hurtled down the evacuation slides.
Asiana Airlines Inc said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport on Saturday was training for the long-range plane and that it was his first flight to the airport with the jet.
The evacuation of Asiana Flight 214 began badly. Even before the mangled jetliner began filling with smoke, two evacuation slides on the doors inflated inside the cabin instead of outside, pinning two flight attendants to the floor.
Look at the approaches for 28L at SFO (ILS, GPS). Those are 30-mile straight-in approaches over water; I think the only easier approach you could get is if angels floated your plane down on fluffy clouds.
He told the pilot to pull back on the stick, and seconds later he realised that the automated throttle controls, which had been engaged, were not maintaining the correct speed of 137 knots. About eight seconds before impact, the pilot in control pushed the throttles forward to speed up.
“We know for sure she was at least run over one time, but at the time she was under foam, so nobody could have seen her,” Suhr said. “And the question is whether or not she was still alive at the time. So the coroner in San Mateo County will be determining that.”
"Like racism, culturalism distracts away from asking more meaningful questions, and obscures pertinent facts. A common meme in the current analysis of Asiana crash is that insufficient communication among the pilots can contribute to an accident, and Korean culture may hamper communication among the pilots. But is this correct? Read virtually any disaster report--be it 9/11 commission report or the BP oil disaster report--and you would find that lack of sufficient communication, particularly between the lower-ranked and higher-ranked staff, is a universal cause for a major disaster. Then does it make sense to focus on the culture of one particular country or a region, to address the issue of communication? Will doing so actually fix anything?"
Experts are especially taking issue with the second-term NTSB chairwoman for releasing selected parts of recorded cockpit conversations between the pilots and the control tower, and flight records leading up to the crash, giving the media the impression that pilot error caused the accident.
Hersman, whose term expires this year, is also dictating the terms of the U.S.-Korean joint investigation, ordering Asiana President Yoon Young-doo to call off a press conference upon his arrival in San Francisco.
The pilots said they set the auto throttle at 137 knots, the typical landing speed for a Boeing 777. Whether or not those controls were working may determine the cause of the accident.
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