A Japan Airlines plane burst into flames after colliding with a smaller coastguard aircraft on the runway at a Tokyo airport. Five of the six people on the smaller plane, but all 379 passengers and crew on the Airbus A350 airliner safely evacuated the plane before it turned into a fireball. The cabin crew was praised for the evacuation which succeeded largely because none of the passengers tried to collect their hand luggage.
Class discussion: If you were ordered to evacuate a jetliner, would you hesitate until you grabbed a bag, laptop or cell phone? Why do people ordered to flee their homes because of a wildfire, flooding or impending storm often delay while they pack up their vehicles with all they can carry? Do such delays imperil other people like emergency crews? Is any possession worth risking a life? If your house caught fire, would you worry about collecting stuff or just get out?
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