Some Mechanical and Structural Aspects of the Smolensk Crash By Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski, Ph.D., MSME
9. Mortality in air accidents
Most people imagine that when a jet crashes in one way or another, everyone on board is killed. This concept is caused by the media, which mainly describes the most tragic accidents. But the truth is different. Overall, the available statistics show that in most cases some of the passengers survive. There is a similarity of the crash near Smolensk with case of Airbus A320 falling during a 1988 air show. As a result of the confluence of several mistakes in setting the controls, the plane lost engine power and was forced to land in the forest It landed mowing many trees, but at the end there was a fuel explosion and huge fire. The ship was completely burned out. On board were 136 people, but only three (3) of them died. Perhaps the passengers were extremely lucky, but the incident confirmed that the landing in a wooded area does not always have tragic consequences. (On the web: ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A320-111iii).
Another case took place in recent years with a different model of Tupolev aircraft. The machine was forced to land in the forest. During this event it cleared a path of several hundred meters. The aircraft suffered no damage visible from a distance.
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