Lessons from the Moscow airport crash: leave your luggage behind

phys.org | 5/5/2019 | Staff
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On May 5, 2019, an Aeroflot airliner crashed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, killing 41 of the 73 passengers. The plane, a Sukhoi Superjet-100, was bound for the northern city of Murmansk, but turned around after reportedly being struck lightning and losing their autopilot and radio-communications channel. Back in Moscow the aircraft landed hard and burst into flames, and more than half the passengers lost their lives. The causes of the crash are still under investigation, and in addition to the lightning strike, authorities have stated that a pilot error or technical malfunction may have occurred.

One common issue to the reports up to present is that some passengers appear to have sought to take their luggage with them, slowing the evacuation and putting additional lives at risk. While Russian media has gone so far as to single out the behaviour of a single passenger, it's important to focus on the larger issue. Many passengers were seen carrying their luggage off the same plane, and the problem is anything but new—passengers on a British Airways flight that caught fire in Las Vegas in 2015 were equally guilty.

Question - Passengers - Behaviour

The question we need to address then is why passengers do this and how such behaviour can be stopped.

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