Lessons From AA Runway Overrun

The Associated Press has a  photo gallery with pictures of the severely damaged American Airlines A330 that ran off the end of a runway at Kingston, Jamaica, last night. It’s a wonder that everyone survived. 

When I first heard about this, it sounded like a rough landing. When I saw the pictures, it looked like a crash. According to one passenger, “it was like being in a car accident.”

This illustrates again why passengers need to wear seat belts and be aware of evacuation procedures. Stop worrying about what to do if your plane falls out of the sky because there wouldn’t be much you could do. Instead, start figuring out what you do in case of severe turbulence and hard landings, survivable events where you need to keep your seat belt on and your wits about you.


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