Making Planes Safer

How aircraft design and crew training made Flight 214 survivable

Anyone who watched the videos and saw the wreckage at San Francisco International Airport could only marvel that hundreds of passengers walked away from the crash of Asiana Flight 214. The fact that just two of the 307 people aboard died testifies to the effectiveness of changes in airframe design and flight-crew training, which together help explain why the world has seen only 773 fatalities on average annually over the past 10 years. Still, every disaster is an opportunity, and aviation experts will be dissecting the accident and the Boeing 777's black box for clues about where improvements can be made....

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