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  • “In emergencies, researchers have found, most people actually freeze until they're told what to do. Some people also engage in what's called situational altruism -- they help each other.

    The Huffington Post, The Three Myths About Plane Crashes, by Ben Sherwood, January 15, 2009

    January 17, 2009

  • Interesting article, John, thanks for posting. Dude forgot to mention one of the single most important factors for escaping a burning plane: DO NOT crawl. That's a tip for escaping burning buildings—to be lower than the smoke and thus be able to breathe—but it's just the opposite in burning planes: get the hell out as fast as possible, and to do that you have to remain vertical.

    This is the kind of information I file away in the tiny, panic-stricken corner of my brain that pre-worries about dying in a plane crash.

    January 17, 2009

  • I remember reading about this sometime in the year after the 9/11 attacks. Amazing stuff....

    January 17, 2009