Run in your socks
Wednesday January 03rd 2024, 10:26 pm
Filed under: History,Life

That amazing evacuation of a plane on fire with smoke already in the cabin.

Turns out, Japan Airlines not only gives a safety lecture at the beginning of their flights, they show a video of inflated emergency chutes and how wheeled luggage and high heels can destroy them. How reaching for your luggage (and having bags fall towards people as you rush and then stop to pull up the handles) means you and those behind you might not make it that far anyway.

Although I imagine the actual flames on the other side of the windows might have concentrated the mind.

Not one person on Flight 516 grabbed their baggage. All three hundred seventy-nine people got down those steep chutes and off that plane in time with not a single serious injury.

Because they’d been informed when there wasn’t an emergency on how to think it through when there was one.

And on a different subject: things are much better and it looks like my brother might be able to go home in a day or two, now that he’s post-op. Going straight to the ER had been the thing to do and they got him in time. I am so grateful. Thank you all so much for your prayers and good thoughts sent his way. You guys rock.

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There’s also a cultural component to the Japanese crash – cooperation and conformity.

I remember the crash at SFO a number of years ago – people were on the tarmac with their luggage and carry-ons. The results were not as good. There was so much chaos that at least one person died after being accidentally run over by a rescue vehicle. I don’t think everyone made if off, either.

Comment by Anne 01.04.24 @ 2:06 am

So much to be grateful for today! Great news about your brother. Prayers help!

Comment by Pegi F 01.04.24 @ 3:10 am

That evacuation was amazing! When I saw the video, I was sure many people must have died, and for it to be not one is wild.

So glad about your brother!

Comment by ccr in MA 01.04.24 @ 7:49 am

Such good news about your brother.

Yes that Japanese plane evacuation was amazing.
I read planes have built-in structure that can block fire to provide maybe 3 minutes of evacuation.
I have seen so many videos about the evacuation slides. Luckily I have never needed to use one so far. Remove high heels (not that I wear them).

have a good week!

Comment by Lisa R-R 01.04.24 @ 5:04 pm

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