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Innovations that helped save lives in San Francisco air crash

Not only were the brave people, who risked their lives to save others, instrumental in the number of fatalities being so low, but also the many engineers and researchers who developed the incredible safety technology in planes played their part to save their lives, the Huffington Post reported.

According to The Wall Street Journal, some main technological advances helped save lives of people aboard the doomed aircraft.

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The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is seen on the runway at San Francisco International Airport after crash landing on July 6

One technical advancement was that starting from 2009, all airplanes are required to have ‘16G seats’ - seats capable of withstanding forces 16 times stronger than gravity at the Earth’s surface. Some of the 16G seats are even equipped with airbags.

Another technology that helped save lives was flame retardant materials, which resists the fire that start after many crashes.

Almost everything in airplanes including the walls, the ceiling and the seats, are covered with some flame-resistant materials. The FAA requires that most materials should be self-extinguishing, which means that they stop burning once the flame has been removed. 

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