Assorted Notes on Flight 214 Which Didn’t Fit Into the Previous Post, but Remain Nonetheless Interesting or Darkly Amusing, and Are Thus Worthy of Their Own Post

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Following up on yesterday’s post, the current Wikipedia page for Asiana 214 is fascinating. For instance, there have been multiple reports along the lines of this:

One of [the deceased] was hit by a fire truck while she was covered in fire-fighting foam. It remains unclear whether she was alive at the time; the coroner is yet to rule on cause of death.

Surviving a plane crash only to be killed by a fire truck is a pretty awful way to go. Then there’s this:

In the initial moments after the crash, the cockpit crew told flight attendants to hold off evacuating the aircraft as they were communicating with the tower. A flight attendant seated at the second door on the left side (door 2L) observed fire outside the aircraft near row 10, and informed the cockpit crew, at which point the evacuation order was given, approximately 90 seconds after the aircraft came to rest.

Sure, sure, let’s all calmly sit in this wreck of a former plane for a minute and a half. We can take some time to think about how we got here, in both the literal and the figurative sense.

Finally, there’s this terrifying bit of awfulness:

Two of the inflatable chutes expanded into the cabin rather than outwards. The first chute, which blocked the forward right exit, nearly suffocated a flight attendant and was deflated by a pilot with a crash axe from the flight deck. The second expanded toward the center of the aircraft near the fire. It pinned a second flight attendant until a co-pilot deflated it with a dinner knife.

Jesus – not one, but two malfunctioning evacuation chutes? If even the safety measures are busted, we’re really in trouble, and—Hang on a second. Where the hell did he get a dinner knife?

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