Perhaps We Should Actually Listen to the Cabin Crew Members

A survivor of the Russian plane crash that killed 41 of 78 people aboard says passengers delayed the evacuation by grabbing their bags. Should they be charged with a crime?

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Airplane safety videos have always taught us to leave all our belongings on the aircraft during an emergency evacuation. But, according to Mikhail Savchenko, a passenger on the Russian airliner Aeroflot Sukhoi SSJ100 (aka the Superjet), those suggestions were allegedly ignored during an emergency landing that killed 41 of 78 members onboard.

Savchenko expressed his disappointment in those who didn’t follow standard procedure but did not call for punishment.

“I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags,” he said in a translated post on Facebook. “God is their judge.”

He continued: “But I really want to ask them not to persecute them, I am sure that it is very hard for them now. I do not think that at least one person in this burning hell coolly and deliberately dragged suitcases.”

The airplane took off from Moscow, but after just 28 minutes, attempted an emergency landing.

In situations like these, the routine process is to dump the extra fuel the aircraft is carrying to prevent landing with too much weight.

But the crew did not do this, instead, landing with a significant amount of unburnt fuel which was ignited once the airplane touched ground, thus causing all the damage.

“It attempted an emergency landing, but did not succeed the first time, and on the second time, the landing gear hit [the ground], then the nose did, and it caught fire,” a source told Interfax news agency.

A similar problem with evacuation occurred back in 2016 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport where an aircraft had to make an evacuation, prompting an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The inquiry revealed that passengers risked compromising the evacuation when they ignored the cabin crew and attempted to bring along their belongings.

This begs the question of whether passengers who disregard the rules and prioritize grabbing their luggage in emergencies such as these should be punished in some way.

We are taught to leave everything onboard at the risk of delaying the evacuation. Any slowdown increases the chances of injury, or worse, death. And that is apparently exactly what happened in Russia.

Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the NTSB, said in an interview last year, that he has given some thought to fining passengers who break protocol.

“I have thought about that. People might be less inclined to worry about all their Gucci luggage.” You can read more about this story on the New York Post.


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A survivor of the Russian plane crash that killed 41 of 78 people aboard says passengers delayed the evacuation by grabbing their bags. Should they be charged with a crime?

Totals
56% Yes – horrifying
44%No – panicked
Males
59% Yes – horrifying
41%No – panicked
Females
48% Yes – horrifying
52%No – panicked

Yes – horrifying

No – panicked


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