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This Is Why You NEVER Take Your Luggage From A Plane Crash

Unveiling the Reasons to Avoid Retrieving Your Luggage from a Plane Crash

By HalintonePublished 6 months ago 21 min read

This Is Why You NEVER Take Your Luggage From A Plane Crash

On May 5th, 2019, Aeroflot Flight 1492 was scheduled for a journey from Sheriment Diego Airport in Moscow to Murmansk Airport in Russia. The aircraft carried a total of 73 passengers and five crew members. Following the completion of pre-flight checks, the pilots positioned the plane on the runway at 18:03 and initiated the takeoff. Although there was some turbulence during the ascent, it was not of significant concern as they had experienced worse conditions before. However, within five minutes, a loud explosion shook the entire aircraft, causing a sudden jolt. The primary radio ceased to function, and the autopilot became inoperative. Despite these electrical malfunctions, the pilots remained calm, considering it a minor issue. Little did they know that within half an hour, the lives of all passengers would be at stake. But it wasn't solely due to the actions of the pilots, no. The imminent danger would arise from the perilous decisions made by the passengers themselves.

that fateful day as they were lining up

on the runway flight 1492 had found

themselves facing towering cumulonimbus

clouds better known to me and you as

thunderstorm clouds while passenger

planes are designed to handle stormy

conditions Pilots can request storm

avoidance clearance a kind of

navigational assistance given by air

traffic controllers to help them avoid

the worst of the turbulence and any

electrical disturbances from lightning

but flight 1492 didn't request this and

instead it took off with the intention

to turn away from the storm once they

were in the air

as they climbed to 8 900 feet lightning

struck the plane

the right-hand angle of attack sensor

right hand ice detector temperature

probe and upper sections of the fuselage

were all damaged the radio and autopilot

also cut out entirely

the almighty crack of the lightning

rocked the plane and had passengers

clinging to their seats in Terror but

luckily they were still Airborne without

a moment to lose the captain activated

their secondary radio restored

Communications with the air traffic

controllers at sharimetieval and flying

manually began their return to the

airport turning back the plane overshot

its initial approach so it had to turn

around in a circle to begin its approach

again as it descended to Runway 24l the

pilots checked that they had all the

right settings in place it was looking

good but suddenly as they hit one

thousand feet an alarm began blaring go

around wind shear ahead windshear is a

sudden change in the approaching winds

velocity or Direction with strong wind

shear making airplane landings difficult

or even impossible the alarm went off

and in Flight 1492's cockpit five times

but for reasons unknown the crew never

acknowledged it and continued their

descent when the plane hit 180 feet

another alarm sounded Glide slope this

alarm which is part of the terrain

avoidance warning system indicated an

excessive downward deviation from their

instrument Landing system in other words

the nose of the plane was angled too far


to land even in strong crosswind

conditions like this a plane aims to get

its back landing gears down on the

ground first and then lowers the nose

landing gears to prevent the plane from


the captain tried to raise the nose up

by increasing the plane's AirSpeed to

170 knots 15 knots above the recommended

threshold but the nose wouldn't pitch up

in time at 18 30 the plane landed

heavily on all three of its landing

gears three thousand feet Beyond The

Runway Threshold at a speed of 158 knots

about 181 miles per hour the aircraft

bounced to a height of six feet and then

two seconds later when an attempt to

engage the reverse thrusters failed the

aircraft touched down again and bounced

to a height of 18 feet passengers still

had their seat belts on but they were

being thrown round like ragdolls

panicked the captain hit the thrusters

attempting to take off to salvage the

situation but it was too late the

aircraft hit the runway for a third and

final time at 140 knots roughly 161 mile

per hour it was this huge final bump

that collapsed the plane's landing gear

rupturing the wing and the fuel tanks

within them the leaking fuel quickly Set

Fire to the back half of the plane as it

slid down the runway with a thick plume

of smoke and fire trailing behind it

eventually it came to rest between two

taxiways engulfed in flames

the fire was spreading so fast the

passengers and crew had no time to act

thick black smoke was filling the cabin

at an alarming rate and the cabin crew

initiated evacuation as soon as they

could three seconds before the official

evacuation order was given they

instructed everyone to leave their bags

and evacuate immediately one crew member

kicked open the forward right exit door

and triggered the inflatable Escape

slide just eight seconds after the

aircraft came to a halt the first

passenger slid out of it after just 17

seconds a steady stream of passengers

evacuated the burning craft with the

first officer clambering out of the

cockpit window via a rope after 70

seconds the final passenger to make it

slid down but as they were all running

to safety it became clear that

passengers hadn't just saved themselves

many of them were carrying their hand

luggage entire wheelie suitcases were

sliding down with them unbelievably as

people were crawling along the aisles to

avoid the smoke from the back end of the

plane trying desperately to save

themselves some passengers had found the

time to block the aisles and get their

belongings from the overhead compartment

before exiting the Flaming craft

it undoubtedly cost those passengers and

crew further back the precious seconds

they needed to escape which made it all

the more terrible when it was revealed

that only 37 of the 78 passengers made

it out

now experts claimed that passengers and

crew in the rear of the plane stood a

very limited chance of survival once the

fire had taken hold

and yet that chance might have increased

had these passengers thought about

anything other than their possessions

as utterly outrageous as this incident

is it isn't an isolated one far from it

it happens all the time back in 2015

British Airways flight 2276 suffered

catastrophic engine failure and caught

fire on a runway in Las Vegas while it

forced the terrifying evacuation of all

157 passengers and 13 crew astonishingly

almost every person on the tarmac was

seen carrying luggage including wheelie

bags what if those bags had punctured

the inflatable slide or tripped their

owners in the aisle viewing the scenes

online flight attendants around the

world branded the passengers actions as

selfish and pathetic and I'm tempted to

agree with them but for a moment let's

give these people the benefit of the

doubt what if they hadn't heard the

instruction to leave their bags well I

find that hard to believe if the

incident aboard United Airlines flight

1658 is anything to go by when the plane

landed in Denver Colorado reports of

smoke and fire under the plane triggered

an evacuation these people had no idea

how severe the fire was and yet still

prioritized their possessions over their

own safety luckily it was a small fire

and all 157 passengers evacuated without

issue but what about on a crash landing

surely flight 1492 was an anomaly people

don't really prioritize grabbing their

bags when they know they're in imminent

danger right well passengers aboard

Emirates flight 521 proved otherwise

similar to aeroflot flight 1492 back on

August 3rd 2016. flight 521 was Landing

in Dubai UAE carrying 282 passengers and

18 crew sudden and significant wind

shear caused major or complications

which saw the plane bounce Collide and

skid along the runway

despite being told to evacuate this is

what the passengers did next




people were blocking the aisle and

scrambling for the overhead bins instead

of getting themselves their children and

their families out of there by some

miracle despite this insanely selfish

behavior everyone made it out with only

a few minor injuries reported and not a

moment too soon just nine minutes after

the aircraft came to a Full Stop while

only the pilot and co-pilot were on

board checking all passengers had made

it out Flames reached the aircraft's

center fuel tank and the plane exploded

both the pilot and the co-pilot survived

though they almost didn't

with that said in the event of a plane

crash passengers should never prioritize

their bags over their lives you never

know how fast a fire might be traveling

if there's even a fire on board or if an

explosion is imminent so if you ever

find yourself in that situation remember

that your carry-on luggage can always be

replaced but your life and the lives of

the people behind you aren't so easy to

restore leave the bag Karen now

currently there are no laws against

taking your bag in an emergency but

maybe if there were people would be less

likely to do this I don't know what do

you think if you'd back this law hit the

like button but if you think it's going

too far hit subscribe alright well let's

put that debate aside for the moment and

take a look at even more things

passengers and Pilots should never do on

a plane

don't kick out the windows mid-flight

you'd assume that if someone has enough

brain cells to purchase a plane ticket

they'd know not to try to damage the

plane they're traveling on and yet back

on September 14 2022 cabin crew on board

Pakistan International Airlines flight

283 had to restrain a man for attempting

to kick out the windows of the aircraft

while it was in the air


don't do this

the same passenger had caused several

disturbances by lying down in the aisle

to pray begging cabin crew to let him

off the plane while they were 36 000

feet in the air before being asked end

then forced to return to his seat well

that was more an annoyance to the cabin

crew than a major issue the window

kicking was just downright dangerous

airplane windows are specially designed

to deal with the pressure difference

between the outside and the inside of

the plane where upwards of ten thousand

feet the air is much thinner as standard

modern cabin windows contain two panes

the inner of which is made of stretched

acrylic which is about

.375 inches thick these panes can

withstand roughly 4000 900 pounds of

pressure and with the average human kick

clocking in at about a thousand pounds

there's little chance a single kick will

blow one out repeated kicks however

theoretically could and that's where

problems start because of that

aforementioned pressure difference if a

window was broken air from inside the

aircraft would rush out at incredible

speed as the pressure outside and inside

equalizes anyone too close to that

window could be sucked out by the

incredibly strong Rush of air this would

also trigger oxygen masks to drop from

the ceilings allowing passengers to keep

breathing in the new thin air

environment so all around trying to kick

out a window mid-flight hella dumb

decision luckily once the plane landed

this pesky passenger was handed over to

Security Forces before being deported

and banned from ever flying with the

airline again pretty grounding

punishment if you ask me

don't ignore the safety instructions

at the start of any passenger flight

everyone will be given the same old

safety brief by flight attendants who

have performed the same instructions a

thousand times over yes it can be dull

and the attendants are probably more

sick of it than you are but it's

important to pay attention if not you

could make a mistake that literally

costs people their lives but if you're

lucky you'll just end up being ridiculed

on social media as passengers on board

Southwest Airlines flight 1380

discovered on April 17 2018 the flight

which was on route from New York to

Dallas experienced a left engine failure

parts of the engine cowling broke off

and shattered one of the windows

resulting in explosive decompression

remember the broken window scenario from

before Mia that but real oxygen was

immediately sucked out of the plane

partially and fatally sucking one

passenger out of the window while making

it hard for all the others to breathe

and putting them at risk of hypoxia

oxygen masks dropped down from the

ceiling to counteract this however

having apparently not paid attention

pictures from the inside of the craft

showed passengers wearing their masks

like this oh come on it literally says

on the bag to put the mask over your

mouth and nose why because it's designed

to create a seal around your face

breathing through your nose helps your

main calm but if you're taking deep

breaths of air that isn't there you

might as well not be wearing the mask

while passengers were dragged on social

media and the news they made it down

without losing another passenger others

sympathized saying The Masks looked like

they might be uncomfortable well which

do you think is more uncomfortable a

plastic mask or dying from high hypoxia

no don't start typing in the comments

damn it that was meant to be a

rhetorical question

don't inflate your life jacket

okay I have a survival question for you

are you ready all right you're on a

plane that's had to make an emergency

landing on the water you've got your

life jacket on and you're getting out of

your seat and suddenly you see water

rushing into your plane

when do you inflate your life jacket

a that very second B when the water's at

waist height see when you're out of the


the frequent flyers among you might know

the answer but those afraid of getting

their hair wet probably said A or B the

answer is always C if you inflate your

jacket before the plane has landed or

while you're still in your seat if the

plane goes underwater your vest will

float with the water filling the plane

making it even harder to get out this

exact scenario happened back in 1996

when Ethiopian Airlines flight 961 was

hijacked it crashed into the Waterway

but many passengers prematurely inflated

their jackets inside the cabin because

of this many were trapped on the sinking

plane and of the 163 passengers just 44

survived so in order to escape even if

the water is just at waist height and

it's threatening to ruin your hair you

need to wait to inflate

don't bring a fake service animal

on July 22nd 2019 passengers and one

emotional support dog boarded American

Airlines flight

3306 as one of the flight attendants

reached across the seats to provide a

passenger with their sick bag the

supposed support dog lunged forward it

bit the flight attendant on the hand who

later required five stitches less than

two years before a similar scene had

unfolded on Delta flight 1430 only this

time during takeoff the agitated

emotional support dog was sat between

its owner and another passenger when

suddenly entirely unprovoked it bit The

Stranger on the face repeatedly

how did this happen not once but twice

well back in the late 2010s emotional

support animals were a pretty common

sight on flights all over the world

especially in the U.S they're a rarer

site today but passengers can travel

with these animals on the plane and

don't have to pay the usual fee of up to

one thousand dollars to Stow them in the

cargo hold and used to have almost no

limits on what sort of animal they could

bring the one rule they did in force was

that passengers had to provide a letter

from their mental health professional to

prove their emotional support animal was

the real deal and to that end Airline

rules stated that these animals are

expected to respond to the direction of

the owner the only issue is that these

letters are very easy to get a hold of

with online forms that can be filled out

in minutes almost anyone can claim their

pet is an emotional support animal and

not pay the fee for them to fly but

planes are stressful environments for

even the calmest animals especially

those that haven't been specially

trained to cope in stressful situations

and so there was a huge influx of fake

emotional support animals misbehaving in

flights some with dire consequences as

Hannibal Lecter the Hound proved

Airlines have since become more

stringent with their emotional support

animal policies limiting the types of

animals that can fly and refusing

requests at their discretion so while it

may be tempting to try and bring Fido on

a family trip for free don't do it

unless you want to risk him chowing down

on another passenger's face like it's

made of baloney

don't open the cockpit door

back on February 13 2022 American

Airlines flight

1775 was heading from Los Angeles to

Washington DC when suddenly the plane

felt like it was in free fall passengers

panicked as the plane made a

terrifyingly rapid descent and later

landed at Kansas City Airport law

enforcement were called to the plane and

when they got there the scene that

greeted them was something else

several passengers and cabin crew were

holding a single passenger against the

ground restraining him with anything

they could including a coffee pot

what the heck had he done according to

eyewitness reports and pilot transcripts

the passenger had started acting

paranoid and was distraught before

attempting to enter the cockpit now

while in Flight cockpit doors are

generally kept locked with a minimum of

two pilots inside to prevent hijacking

attempts by actively trying to open the

door you can be charged with interfering

with a flight crew which carries a

maximum sentence of 20 years so instead

of trying every door you see maybe ask

one of the cabin crew which way the

bathroom is next time

don't use non-standard phrases

okay it's not just passengers that put

other Travelers lives in danger captains

pilots and even air traffic controllers

have their fair share of the blame to

shoulder though none are perhaps as

harrowing as what's become simply known

as the Tenerife airport disaster back on

March 27 1977 KLM flight 4805 was lining

up on the runway to take off a bomb

threat at Grand Canaria airport had

diverted a lot of traffic to the much

smaller Los rodeos airport which wasn't

well equipped to deal with such a huge

influx of traffic to make matters worse

a thick fog had blanketed the area

reducing visibility to around 330 feet

flight 4805 a Boeing 747 passenger plane

hit the throttles and began takeoff

procedure before the co-pilot noted that

they hadn't been given clearance to take

off and radioed the traffic controller

they said we are now at takeoff we're

going a non-standard statement to which

the controller responded okay another

non-standard statement now okay on its

own is ambiguous as hell and didn't

specifically confirm the controller had

understood what the co-pilot meant

because what the controller interpreted

from that was that the plane was in

takeoff position not already rolling

down the runway he then added standby

for takeoff I will call you showing he

had not in fact given takeoff clearance

this was a huge problem because on the

same Runway flight 4805 was now hurtling

down in very low visibility Pan Am


1736 another Boeing 747 which had just

landed was still on the runway thanks to

the fog the planes could not see each

other neither aircraft could be seen

from the Tower and the airport was not

equipped with ground radar in effect

nobody had any idea what was about to

happen until it was too late

by the time 4805 clocked the 1736 still

on the runway they were moving at a

Breakneck 160 miles per hour too fast to

stop they desperately tried to rotate

the aircraft and take off to clear the

plane when it left the ground its nose

landing gear cleared the plane but the

left engine's lower fuselage and Main

landing gear struck the upper right side

of 1736 ripping it apart

shredding materials were sucked into the

14805's left engine and while they were

very briefly Airborne the plane stalled

rolled and hit the ground Its Right

engine crashed through 1736's Upper Deck

just behind the cockpit both planes were

destroyed and of the combined 644

occupants in both planes just 61

survived less than 10 percent the

tragedy led to Major reforms in the use

of standardized phraseology and radio

communications with words like takeoff

now only spoken when actual takeoff

clearance is given or canceled suddenly

hearing Pilots repeating instructions

word for word and asking for

clarification repeatedly seems less OCD

and more OMG

don't let kids fly the plane

now most of you will be too young to

remember this but back in the 90s it was

pretty common for kids to be invited by

the captain to visit the cockpit

sometimes even during takeoffs and

landings it's rarer now thanks to the

events of 9 11 and the resulting

additional security measures but there

was also one flight that made Captain's

second guess having a kid in the cockpit

ever again

aeroflot 593

on the 23rd of March 1994 this Airbus

flight from Moscow to Hong Kong carrying

63 passengers and 12 crew took off

without any issues alongside the pilot

and co-pilot a third relief pilot was

also in the cockpit ready to take over

should one or the other Pilots need a

break on their long journey and with him

his kids who were traveling on their

very first international flight a 12

year old daughter and a 16 year old son

they were all in the cockpit when the

plane's autopilot turned on but still

against regulations the relief pilot let

his kids sit at the controls his

daughter took the Pilot's front left

seat and He adjusted the autopilot

heading so that when she used the

control column it responded and she

thought she was actually flying the

plane the sun then took up the Pilot's

chair but he placed so much force on the

control column that it contradicted the

autopilot for 30 seconds this triggered

the flight computer to switch the

plane's ailerons aka the flaps you see

on each Wing to manual control

kid now really was flying the plane a

silent indicator light lit up to alert

the pilots to this disengagement however

all the pilots on board who weren't

familiar with this model of aircraft had

previously flown in soviet-designed

planes that had an audible warning for a

partial disengagement and so

horrifically they failed to notice it it

wasn't until the sun mentioned the craft

was banking right that the pilots

realized something was wrong assuming

the autopilot was still engaged they all

balked for nine seconds as the plane

banged further from 45 degrees to 90

degrees steeper than the design allowed

the plane quickly began to descend the

autopilot without the use of the flaps

tried to pitch the plane's nose up which

caused the craft to stall and put the

plane into a nosedive battling some

significant G-Force the pilots scrambled

for control of the crowd left and only

when the autopilot disengaged completely

did they notice the issue at this point

the pilot was finally able to retake his

seat from the boy where he pulled the

plane out of the dive except he had over

corrected which put the plane in an

almost vertical Ascent which again

stalled the plane and caused it to enter

a spin eventually the pilots leveled out

the wings and gained control but it was

too late they'd lost too much altitude

and hit the ground at an estimated 140

knots 160 miles per hour

there were no survivors

needless to say this should never have

happened and regulations detailing that

only licensed Pilots can be at the

control columns during a flight should

have been followed luckily since then

measures have been reinstated to all

Pilots across multiple Airlines to

ensure this insane level of oversight

never happens again well at least

something good came out of this

as harrowing as those stories were have

you ever been on a plane that

encountered a passenger-related problem

let me know down in the comments below

man thanks for watching

fact or fiction

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