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jul 26 2008

Video: An emergency landing that will encourage you to listen to the exit instructions

All 346 passengers had quite the scare. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling while a Qantas plane was flying at an altitude of 29,000 feet Friday. The reason? An explosion caused a hole the size of a car in the plane's floor, says the AP.

The plane had been flying between Hong Kong and Melbourne, but had to make an emergency landing in Manila, the Philippines.

All passengers and crew landed safely, partly because passengers followed instructions and partly because of expert piloting, says the New York Times.

I'm posting a video of the landing (filmed by a passenger), not to be sensationalistic, but to remind you to listen to those emergency exit instructions before your future flights depart. As this video shows, passengers who listen to the instructions greatly improve their chance of surviving an emergency landing.

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