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Aviation Attorney Gerald Sterns Claims Industry Indifference to Lap-Belt Problems in Wake of Flight 214
Date:7/18/2013

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Sterns concluded, "It will be interesting to see to what extent the NTSB focuses in on the 'second impact' and 'improperly packaged passenger' problem. We also wonder whether the FAA will react at all, or just go along with the status quo, as it has for so long."

"Currently, added Sterns, "the safest seat in the airplane remains the five-point restraint seats pilots and crew buckle themselves into. Passengers in first class have a three-point restraint. The rest are strapped into the type of lap-belts that cause significant injury."

Sterns says proper packaging of a passenger in an aircraft would include at a minimum a shoulder restraint, such as the three-point system now mandated in all automobiles. Sterns believes air bags would be better but probably impractical in a modern commercial airliner. However, he says there is no reason a three or five point system could not be installed in all airline seats, coach as well as first class.

Sterns also litigated on behalf of passengers board KAL, and Air Philippines case in 2011, and earlier passengers and crew aboard Alohoa Airlines after the top of the Aloha plane famously peeled off mid-flight.

Sterns said additional information about Asiana crash and other Boeing cases will be updated at http://www.BoeingAccidents.com.

1 Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2013, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324694904578598041567963334.html

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