Last week an Emirates plane crash-landed in Dubai before bursting into flames that engulfed much of the Boeing 777. Miraculously, all 300 crew and passengers on board survived, primarily because they were able to deplane in less than 90 seconds.
Yet in the wake of the accident, footage has emerged showing several passengers making a key mistake as they exit the plane: opening overhead compartments and attempting to grab their luggage. “Leave your bags behind! Jump and slide, jump and slide,” one crew member can be heard shouting as smoke fills the cabin. Fortunately, even as the aircraft was aflame, all the passengers and crew managed to escape in time. Fourteen people were admitted to the hospital later. However, a firefighter died while trying to douse the fire.
Among the reasons cited so far for helping 282 passengers and 18 crew survive Emirates plane crash landing, the primary explanations are the "miracle" of engineering and a well-trained crew. On the engineering front, it wasn't so much a miracle as it was probably advances in three areas that increased survivability:
Emirates chairman Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum said that the trouble with the flight was "operational", adding he did not believe there was any security issue. "I want to thank the crew for their professionalism and evacuating the plane in a short time," Sheikh Ahmed said.