How to Survive a Crash

The Singapore Airlines disaster focuses attention on cabin safety--and why instructions are important

As Singapore Airlines Flight 006 made the sharp turn onto the runway at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in the middle of a punishing storm on Oct. 31, John Diaz settled comfortably into his first-class seat in the Boeing 747, ready for takeoff. But Flight 006 had turned onto the wrong runway, and suddenly Diaz and the 178 other people on board slammed to earth as the 747 erupted into a giant, terrifying fireball, breaking into three large jagged pieces. Flight 006 ended its last journey 8,000 ft. from where it began, a burning, cracked hulk and the charred tombstone of...

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