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July 9th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

How to Stay Safe in the Skies

In the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash, many people are likely wondering how to stay safe in the event of a plane crash.

Fortunately, recent technological advances may help prevent the worst.

As John Berman explains, there’s a reason most passengers escaped unharmed Flight 214: Major equipment upgrades to planes like the Boeing 777.

“Aviation experts credit fire proof materials in the cabin with preventing it from immediately catching fire,” Berman reports.

“Improved exits and evacuation slides helped passengers evacuate within 90 seconds. And more secure seats kept buckled-up passengers anchored.”

However, according to experts, “surviving a crash also relies on the human factor,” Berman says.

He explains the other ways to raise your chances of survival: Keeping your seat belt fastened before landing and bracing for impact.

“Ninety five percent of crashes happen on take-off and landing,” Berman says, “so experts say passengers need to stay alert during those crucial moments,” and keep your seat belt buckled throughout the flight.

Go to CNN.com to learn 10 things to know for a safe flight

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July 8th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

'Best Place' to Sit During a Plane Crash?

After seeing this shocking video of Asiana flight 214 crash-landing, it is remarkable how many passengers exited the aircraft unharmed – but did the location of passengers seats leave some safer than others?

In an analysis done on 20 crashes between 1971 and 2007, data showed those sitting closest to the cockpit are the least safe, with a survival rate of 49 percent, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

The survival rate of those in the middle section of the plane was 56 percent, and the rear cabin was 69 percent.

In this case, the plane landed short of the runway, ripping off the tail. Authorities say the two Chinese teens killed in the crash were sitting in the back half of the plane.

The best choice, according to aviation experts, sit as close to the exit row as possible.

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July 5th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Sinkhole Rescue Survivor Speaks Out

“New Day” is following up on the stunning story of a 60-year-old woman who was rescued after her car was swallowed by a massive sinkhole while she was still in it.

Pamela Knox was driving in the middle of a busy Toledo, Ohio street when she felt the ground give way and plummeted nearly 20 feet into a sinkhole that is suspected to be the result of a broken water main.

“A city official blames the collapse on an outdated sewage system built with brick in the 1890s,” CNN's Nick Valencia reports. “They tell CNN they are working on trying to find the source of the failure.”

Knox says she doesn’t remember how long her car was stuck in the sinkhole before a team of firefighters came to her rescue. 

“New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan speaks to Knox for more on her ordeal:

Knox says she had just completed some errands before driving down a familiar road she’s driven down over many years.

“All of a sudden the street underneath me caved in and the street gave way,” she says. “And I found myself falling in my car into this deep, deep hole.”

Unaware what happened to her, Knox says, “I just started calling out on the name of Jesus”.

Knox says she noticed the backseat of her car filling up with water and feared she could drown.

“I thank the lord,” Knox says, “that my strong faith kept me and kept me in sound mind during that time.”

For more on the story, go to Zain Asher's report from July 4.

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July 5th, 2013
12:10 PM ET

New Information on Horrific Parasailing Accident

 

 

17-year-olds Alexis Farichild and Sidney Good are still in the hospital after their terrifying parasailing accident when their tow rope snapped, smashing them into two condominiums. They have sustained brain trauma, back injuries, and for Good, a broken neck.

Today we're learning that this isn't the first time the parasailing company, Aquatic Adventures, has had an accident.

 

Personal injury lawyer Wes Pittman says that his two clients say their tow cable also came lost while parasailing with Aquatic Adventures in 2009. They luckily landed in the ocean.

Aquatic Adventures could not be reached for comment, but they released the below statement"

 

 

"While we adhere to best practices to minimize the risks associated with watersport activities, sudden weather conditions can and do occur. As a full investigation is on going, we are unable to comment further at this time," says Jeff Jones, Aquatic Adventures Mgmt. Group Inc.

 

CNN Anchor John Berman is following the story as it develops.

 

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