When Asiana Flight 214 crash landed in San Francisco last week it was a minor miracle that only two people were killed. Writing for The Huffington Post, Alexis Kleinman reports on some of the technological factors that contributed to so many lives being saved, foremost of which is the 16G airplane seat. A requirement for all planes since 2009, the 16G seat is built to withstand a force 16 times stronger than gravity at Earth's surface. Because of this requirement, most seats on the plane remained in tact during the crash and held passengers safely in place. In years past, many of the seats might have been crushed, creating a landscape of dangerous metal protrusions, but with these new standards an even greater loss of life seems to have been avoided.
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