SFO Plane Crash Injuries Prompt Airplane Safety Discussion
Doctors have noticed a surprising pattern of spine injuries among survivors of Saturday’s plane crash in San Francisco, the Huffington Post reports. It is now evident how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts.
Fortunately, 305 of the 307 passengers and crew of the Asiana jet survived, which is a testimony to recent improvements in airline safety. Although more than 180 people went to the hospital with injuries, few were critically injured.
The injuries resembled those that often occurred in car crashes before shoulder belts were installed. Yet Dr. David Okonkwo of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center claims shoulder belts on an airplane may just transfer the force to the neck, causing injuries further up. The airline industry also cites the major changes to seat design, higher air fares, and less comfort as draw backs to three-point seatbelts.
Okonkwo recommends assuming the “crash position” or leaning forward with your head far down as possible and your arms over it, can limit jolting of the spine and offer some protection.
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