Pattern of spinal injuries shows how violently jet crash survivors jolted despite seat belts

  • Article by: LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Many survivors of Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco have a surprising pattern of spine injuries that a doctor says shows how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts.

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mariezzJul. 8, 13 6:40 PM

The last paragraph says "Okonkwo said assuming the "crash position" ā€” leaning forward with the head as far down as possible and arms over it ā€” can limit the spine jolting back and forth and offer some protection." With airlines moving seats closer & closer together, the NTSB should investigate whether this is compromising safety in an emergency situation. Most passengers would be unable to lean down very far in most economy cabins.

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george13Jul. 8, 13 9:45 PM

It's simply not possible to "assume the crash position" in coach. I've tried it.

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cyberpunkJul. 9, 1311:49 AM

It would be interesting to learn if seat configuration also lead to leg injuries. Iā€™m not exceptionally tall and my knees usually press into the seat in front of me, even if I sit bolt upright. If I were to be involved in a crash in that circumstance I could see it breaking both femurs.

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