Two men miraculously survived the crash of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 from Lahore to Karachi yesterday. Where were they seated onboard the Airbus A320?
After the A320 crashed into a Karachi neighborhood yesterday afternoon, all passengers and crew members were feared dead. But two men were found alive in the wreckage and pulled to safety. Both are recovering in a Karachi hospital and expected to survive.
Safety experts have long-debated where is the ideal place to be seated during an airline crash. The conventional wisdom seems to be that a middle seat in the rear of the aircraft is safest. This is, among other reasons, based upon a test conducted in 2012 in which a Boeing 727 was deliberately crashed into a Mexican desert with crash dummies strapped in.
Many of the passengers would’ve sustained serious injuries. Many in first class would have died, and those further back would’ve sustained broken bones and head injuries, possibly full-blown concussions.
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Meanwhile, KLM claims the front third of the aircraft is “marginally safer” than the rear third, with the middle third of seat being the unsafest.
Did Seat Selection Help To Save Two Passengers On PK8303?
The Airbus A320 that crashed bore registration AP-BLD and featured the following cabin layout:
- 158 Total Seats
- 8 Business Class seats
- 150 Economy Class seats
Both survivors of PK8383 sat on port side aisle seats (C). One sat in the first row of the aircraft while the other seat in the emergency exit row:
- Zafar Masud – President of the Bank of Punjab – Seat 1C [business class bulkhead]
- Mohammad Zubair – Engineer – Seat 10C [emergency exit row]
I’m not even going to try to speculate whether this seating made a difference, just point out where they were seated.
Every crash is a tragedy, but every crash is also another data point. While the seat assignments of the survivors may not tell us anything, it is interesting to note both had plenty of extra legroom.