A 1996 Fatal Plane Crash Was the Result of Oxygen Masks Gone Wrong

How could a safety feature actually be dangerous?
Loukia Papadopoulos

Anyone who has ever ridden on a plane has heard the ever so common long drawn-out safety speech where the flight attendants tell you to always put your mask on first before helping others including children. This is because at a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, it takes only seconds to become disoriented and pass out due to lack of oxygen. 

But have you ever wondered how these oxygen masks work? Is there one large container that supplies all the masks or an individual container for each seat? Why is this important? Because these safety features may actually become dangerous at times.

In 1996, the oxygen for a plane with over 100 people in it caused the aircraft to crash. Yes, you read that right. Something that was engineered for our safety caused such a malfunction that over 100 people died in what proved to be an extremely tragic flight.

What was this malfunction? When exactly did it occur? Could it have been prevented? Was there a human error involved in the incident? Were there any survivors? What procedures have now been put in place to avoid a similar outcome in the future? This video answers all these questions and more.

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