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Has Anyone Been In A Crash

Mon Oct 04, 1999 7:45 pm

I know it's probably morbid, and hard for some people to talk about, but has anyone ever been in a plane crash? If so what was it like? I don't think that I'm being insensitive, it's only human nature to wonder about the rarely inexperiencable.

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RE: Has Anyone Been In A Crash

Mon Oct 04, 1999 10:12 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.........not this old topic again!!

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RE: Has Anyone Been In A Crash

Tue Oct 05, 1999 5:07 am

I haven't been on Airliners.net long enough to remember it, but I do think it is a fair question - particularly for aviation enthusiasts. How would we cope, having been faced with a traumatic experience involving an activity - flying - we love(d). I would imagine it would make the experience all the more traumatic.

Thankfully, I haven't had any such experience!
 
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RE: Has Anyone Been In A Crash

Tue Oct 05, 1999 6:13 am

Back in the 1970's my mom (who is now a 30-year flight attendant for United Airlines) had a little, shall we say, mishap on a 727 Friend Ship. They were landing in Chicago, where at the time, it was windy, icy, and snowy. When the plane landed, it slid off the runway and buried the left wing tip in a snow drift. They had airstairs & buses come out for the passengers. No injuries, this was just a usual bad weather mishap.
 
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RE: Has Anyone Been In A Crash

Tue Oct 05, 1999 10:52 am

I'm a flight attendant and sincerely hope to never have to call upon the emergency training which I have been taught. On 22 August I arrived in HKG six minutes before the China Airlines MD-11 crashed. At the time our aircraft was just turning from the taxiway towards the terminal and it was a long orange streak outside which caught my attention. I was sitting at R3 (Right hand side, Door 3, ie overwing) on our B747-400. The streak suddenly became a fireball and distinctly silhouetted against the flame I could see a wing and jet engine nacelle. To be honest I was just dumbstruck by the sight. There was no feeling of panic or fear. I recall rationalising that the trajectory of the fireball was going to take it behind our aircraft so I knew we were not going to be hit. A Cathay Pacific widebodied twin had landed just after us and moments before the CI aircraft and I did fear for the pax and crew on that plane as I thought they could have been hit. At the same time as these thoughts were going through my mind, my heart was absolutely bleeding for the people in the stricken airliner. Without saying anything about religion per se I found myself offering a prayer for the folk in the crashing plane as it was still skidding along. It all happened so quickly. From my professional point of view our training requires crew to anticipate the worst in order to be prepared, perhaps that's not the best way to explain it, but I have always at take off and on landing mentally reviewed my impact drills and made a note of the pax around me I could call upon for assistance if necessary. I've never had to use that knowledge in ten years, but the day it happens I want to be as best prepared as I can. Hopefully it will never come to that and I'll retire from my job having never had a major drama. Seeing a plane crash is really an awful sight. The worst aspect was not knowing for ages afterwards what the toll was. Truly it was a miracle that only two(which is two too many) died in the crash. I heard later that another pax succumbed to injuries. I hope all of us are spared the horrors of air disaster and can enjoy the pleasures of our interest in civil aviation on a happier note.
Michael.
 
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Tanguy

Tue Oct 05, 1999 11:03 am

That must have been quite an experience. I live in a city with an exceptional safety record. Nevertheless, I am thankful I have never witnessed a crash, because I always hear about how traumatising it is to witness death and destruction. Thanks for your story.

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