Aircraft disasters

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An aviation accident is defined by the Convention on International Civil Aviation Annex 13 as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft, which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until all such persons have disembarked, where a person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure or the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible.[1] If the accident includes damage to the aircraft such that it must be written off, or in which the plane is destroyed, it is further defined as a hull loss accident.[2]  [Source].

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With the definition out of the way we can get right down to the point. Crashing aircraft are without a doubt one of the most frightening things to witness or be involved in. Those who have been involved and lived to tell the story are worth listening to. Aircraft accidents can be considered disastrous depending on the size and scope of the incident.  Small aircraft do not leave much of an imprint on society following a crash and are not generally categorized as a disaster causing event, .... unless the crash occurs in a populated area. However a crash involving a passenger airliner can be devastating beyond words and is considered a disastrous situation by the FAA, ... or anyone else for that matter. A movie set of such a crash was set up for the filming of “War of the Worlds” at Universal Studios in Los Angeles California. The set depicts just such a disaster which involves a very large passenger jet that has crashed into a residential neighborhood. The movie set can be seen when taking the tram tour around the park.  Upon first glance of the wreckage the emotional effects are immediate and frightening. The surprising scene displayed will send chills up your spine. Having said that, ... we could see the potential for passengers to have survived this sort of accident despite the carnage. The outcome for passengers of an aviation accident is uncertain. They are generally thought of as a situation that inevitably ends with the loss of all lives on board. Crashes that involve heavy aircraft leave a devastating visual effect on the minds of many travelers which can result in a fear and reluctance to flying. However, ... It is typical for travelers to feel safer in their cars where the odds of dying is much greater. Why is that? Travelers typically feel safer when they believe they are in control of the vehicle. As with many commercial airline passengers the feeling of having little or no control over the aircraft or the outcome can result in a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty.  It's a feeling of helplessness and despair that keep many people from enjoying their flight and others from flying at all. There are plenty of reasons to justify a “fear of flying” , ...especially when it seems like the outcome is the same.  A potential exists for an accident to occur where the passengers are helpless to change the outcome.  It is generally assumed that surviving an aviation accident is not too likely and the odds of survival are not worth the risk for many travelers.

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The following references are to validate the severity of an aircraft accident or disaster and to present occasions where passengers survived. 

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Is it possible to survive an aviation accident? Are there tips for passengers who want to increase the odds for surviving a crash?

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The answer is YES!!!

 

Check out the references below.  

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Survivors gather for airline crash reunion

http://www.today.com/video/today/34629551

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Miracle on the Hudson, (Jan. 15, 2009)

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/28681200/

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Taiwan plane careens into river after take-off, killing 23, …. Yet 15 people survived. (Feb 4th 2015).

Read more : http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/taiwan-plane-careens-into-river-after-take-off-killing-23/ar-AA8Xolx

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