An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash landed at the Sheremetyevo Airport at the Russian capital of Moscow. Flight SU1492 took off around 6pm which was later hit by lightning causing problems forcing the pilots to return to the airport due to technical problems. 78 people were on board.
Security cameras showed that the aircraft bounced on the runway before coming to a complete stop on the 2nd time, eventually bursting to flames. Flight attendants deployed both front emergency slides to evacuate passengers. The rear slides were not deployed due to the fire at the rear section which may be more hazardous.
Only 37 people survived, we are still not sure about the mix on how many cabin crew and passengers. Most of those killed were at the rear section of the aircraft.
It is now being suspected and based on witnesses that the cause of death of 41 people was brought by passengers saving their personal luggage which slowed down evacuation.
“From a survey of witnesses, it appears that when the plane hit the ground and caught fire, some passengers began trying to get their belongings from the overhead bins in panic. This made it difficult for people to evacuate from the back rows of the aircraft and they died in the fire,” a source told the Russian news agency Interfax.
The source explained that those who were trying to get their luggage may not have been thinking clearly. “In an extreme situation, people act mechanically, trying to save personal belongings, without thinking that it is extremely dangerous for them and for others,” the source said.
As part of the safety video and reminder, all airlines mandate passengers to not get their personal belongings from the OSBs during an emergency evacuation as taking them will hamper and slow down the evacuation process, which may be very fatal. Also, many passengers no longer pays attention and obey their flight attendants.
Sadly, lives were lost due to ignorance and sheer hard headedness.
It has been proven quite a number of times that disobeying commands and flight attendants safety precautionary procedures can be fatal. Incidents such as inflating life vests inside the aircraft, not keeping seatbelts on, and taking of luggage from the overhead compartments during an emergency evacuation, have already took lives. Flight attendants would always remind passengers not to inflate life vests inside the aircraft, to leave all personal belongings inside the aircraft during emergency evacuation, and to always keep seatbelts on especially when the fasten seatbelt sign is switched on.
So please, always obey your flight attendants. Lives need not be sacrificed due to hard headedness.