Four Reasons So Many People Survived the Asiana Crash

NTSB investigators examine the rear end of Asiana Airlines flight 214 following the crash on July 7 in San Francisco Photograph by NTSB via Getty Images

Given the charred and mangled state of the Asiana 777 after its July 6 crash landing in San Francisco, it’s hard to believe that the accident, which killed two passengers, didn’t result in more fatalities. Enormous advances in materials and crew training—and the lessons of past tragedies—have dramatically increased the odds of survival in airline disasters.

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