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He was interviewed for the Air Crash Investigation episode about that crash and it's very touching to hear him speak about how he was trying to will the plane to make it through the landing. And a lot more people would have survived that crash had they not inflated their life vests while still on the plane. If anyone ever ends up in a water landing: don't do that. You'll drown.
Last edited by Zemgirl; 03-12-2014 at 09:54 AM.
I think it was that one where I got really annoyed that one of the survivors was an idiot who'd not only inflated his lifejacket, but after being immediately and explicitly told not to inflate the lifejacket inside the plane, then proceeded to inflate his girlfriend's as soon as the steward walked away! I mean, I know it sounds harsh, but this guy basically acted like he knew everything better than the stewards, did all the wrong things, and was one of the survivors.
The Malaysian military is acting fishy to say the least, and the idea that they might have shot down the plane themselves is intriguing. Otherwise, if they knew the plane's last known position was over the Straits of Malacca with a western trajectory, why did they allow all that effort and several lost days in the Gulf of Thailand if they knew the whole time the plane wasn't likely anywhere near there?
Or conversely, perhaps they do know more than they are saying and needed to actually divert attention to another region, because they are still searching the Gulf and beyond? And this is where China comes into it - if the plane made it across the Gulf and Vietnam (it's original flight path anyway) and went missing over the South China Sea, now we have an international incident as those waters are highly contested, most aggressively by China. What if the Chinese military is involved? Maybe they've already found the wreckage and want to hold their cards closer to their chest for now. Maybe they are negotiating with the Malaysian military now, or the two governments are fighting over jurisdiction due to location and passenger nationality.
ETA - I wonder if the show ACI being referenced is the same as Mayday with a different name - because I also remember the episode about the crash in the Indian Ocean and the lifevests. Every time we fly and they go through the demo I remind my husband - whatever you do, don't inflate until we're off the plane!
Aha! Pretty good for a Canadian tv show
Maybe this is a stoopid question, but why is it bad to inflate the life vests beforehand?
If the plane goes underwater, you become bouyant inside the plane and cannot get out the doors (it is very difficult to swim against a life vest).
It also makes you wider, and reduces mobility, so fewer people can get out the doors quickly, but the first reason is the biggie.
2) Exit Door blocking during evac/lesser mobility in the cabin
3) Bouncing off evacuation slide
4) If cabin floods the pax with inflated vests float up/get stuck in sinking cabin/plane
5) If evac-slide n/a and pax must jump in water, with inflated vests they are immediately subjected to waves/water currents and loose control. Waves can through pax against A/C body, or drift away from life-rafts.
I never thought about inflating (or not) the life vest in the plane, but I hope this is one piece of info I learned on FSU that I never need to use!
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I think airlines need to emphasize this more - I had no idea either until I saw that ep of Mayday. I know frequent fliers don't even pay attention to the demo, but you'd think after that crash where it was a serious factor they'd say that it's VERY important to not inflate until you are outside the plane.
They also don't do a good job of explaining why you need to put your own oxygen mask on before you put it on your child or assist others. I would think the instinct of most parents especially would be to put it on their child first, and when seconds count in the moment of panic, that's not a smart idea.
Maybe they should just show clips from relevant ACI episodes during the safety briefing
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Same thing. My dad was a big fan of his, so I remember when it happened.
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Chinese release satellite image (from Sunday) of possible floating debris from missing plane -- in location of original flight path when plane when missing.
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Wow. This is getting more confusing every day. Haven't they searched the Gulf of Thailand already and that specific area? And what about the alleged U turn and going over the Straights of Malacca???
Something is rotten in the state of Malaysia.
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Few examples. Examine the distance between your position outside the a/c and life-raft. Can you step into it? Do you have to swim towards it?
If you can step in, then step in, then worry about inflating.
If you have to swim for it, (assuming you can swim), evaluate the water conditions, waves, wind, swell, and then decide if inflated vest will expedite you towards the raft, or pull in opposite direction. Sometimes it is best to swim to the raft before inflating vest.
Before inflating vest, make sure where you stand, or where you're jumping there are NO SHARP objects that can tear the vest.
And so on..... use your head, and run through your mind how reasonable stewards' instructions are. They are trained to "repeat the same mantra", and you have your head to think.
Always evaluate ANY life-saving devise in regards to surrounding conditions and your goal - will they help you or hinder you.