While 282 passengers and 18 crew ran from a burning Boeing 777 in Dubai, heroic firefighters ran the other way; towards the fireball. One of these heroic firefighters was Jassim Eissa al-Baloushi who died in the blaze while trying to save others. We at East Coast Stories would like to offer our condolences to his family and say “Thank You for you service”.
All 282 passengers and 18 crew members got off the plane moments before it exploded. This by itself is a miracle. Video from inside the plane shows many passengers blocking the aisle while they selfishly opened the luggage racks and pulled down their suitcases. Flight attendants can be heard screaming at people to leave the luggage and get off the plane.
Many passengers ignored the flight attendants and got their luggage anyway. In news footage you can see many pulling their rolling luggage while they ran from the plane. The contrast between their selfishness and the heroics of Jassim Eissa al-Baloushi could not be more stark.
We would like to propose that plane manufacturers devise a system whereby pilots can flip a switch that automatically locks the luggage racks in the event of an emergency landing. This would save precious time during an emergency evacuation where every second delayed can mean a life lost.
Next time you go on a flight take a look around the airport and notice, really notice the firefighters, rescue workers, security people, maintenance workers, flight attendants and pilots who are all working to make sure you get where you are going safely. In our fast paced world we tend to take these people and their work for granted.
Fortunately, they don’t take the passengers for granted. Goodbye Jassim Eissa al-Baloushi, and once again, “Thank You.”