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  •  How did they get out? (3+ / 0-)
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    According to this interview with one of the passengers, the flight crew was missing in action when it came time to evacuate.

    One Passenger’s Story: ‘We Had to Help Each Other Out’

    The Boeing 777 had come to rest on its belly beside the runway at San Francisco International Airport, its tail and an engine sheared off during the crash landing just moments before. Strapped into seat 30K, an exit row, Benjamin Levy thought his ribs were broken. There were no announcements from the cockpit, and the flight attendants were nowhere to be found.

    Mr. Levy stood up inside the shattered aircraft. He pried open the escape door and began to call out directions.

    “We were left on our own,” Mr. Levy said. “There was no message from the pilot, from the crew — there was no one. We had to help each other out,” he said, describing how he and others stayed in the plane and helped passengers escape, shouting for them to keep calm.

    Mr Levy goes on to describe the last minute before the crash. He mentions that the pilot added full power, the nose pointed up and the airplane was shaking. A wall of water was spraying up all around before the plane slammed into the sea wall.

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    by Mr Robert on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:10:19 PM PDT

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    •  Other passengers tell a different story (5+ / 0-)
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      TomFromNJ, HeyMikey, JayBat, suzq, raines

      that there were announcements from the cockpit or flight crew to evacuate, and that flight crew and passengers worked together to get the doors open and evacuation slides activated. There is also a report that when emergency personnel arrived, they tossed utility knives up to the crew to cut seatbelts to get the last passengers out -- which means the crew stayed on the plane until all the passengers were evacuated, despite the obvious fire in progress.

      We also do not know how badly the crew were injured. The flight attendants often have their jump seats in the rear of the plane, in which case they could have been among the most severe injuries.

      I'm sure more info will come out as NTSB does their interviews.

    •  Many possibilities for what Mr Levy reports. (2+ / 0-)
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      The aircraft was badly damaged which may have damaged the PA system in the cabin zone where he sat. I guarantee the shock, chaos, and noise following the crash would be incredible. Each of those can prevent a passenger from getting the aid he needs but takin together almost make it a certainty for several of them. The lesson is to prepare for helping yourself if ever faced with with a similar situation. Reading the safety card and listening to the safety demo is only a basis for familiarizing yourself with the cabin, exits, and potential routes for egressing a busted up cabin in smoke, flames, and crap everywhere.

      There is always the possibility one or more flight attendant or a pilot might be overcome by the event. However, it has been my experience that nearly every one of them rises above the situation and follows their training with distinction. The crew is always your best resource.

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      by VTCC73 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:14:30 PM PDT

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