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4 reasons so many people survived the Asiana plane crash

from Bloomberg Businessweek

Given the charred and mangled state of the Asiana 777 after its 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. “We took a very safe industry and we made it even safer,” says Robert Mann, an aviation consultant in Port Washington, N.Y. Here are some of the industry changes that likely helped so many passengers on Asiana Flight 214 walk away from the scene. more

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