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A really excellent article. If anybody wants to learn more about the crash of American Airlines ﬂight 587 and the rest of the investigation it’s covered very well in the Air Crash Investigation episode “Queens Catastrophe”.
In due fairness to the people who’ve devoted their lives to making air travel as safe as possible (and for those who want something slightly less morbid to dwell upon when buckling up for a flight), the seatbelts do have important safety functions in a variety of possible air disasters. For example, they keep you in your seat (and thus not smashing into the walls or overhead compartments or even another passenger) in the event of sudden, extreme maneuvers like drops or banks or even sudden cabin depressurization (why you’re advised to keep the seat belt on unless you’re specifically getting up out of your seat). Many planes that experience problems in the air do regain control and are able to land safely, and the seat belt helps minimize injuries incurred until the plane stabilizes. Also, combined with the brace position they reduce injuries incurred during a crash or emergency landing, leaving survivors better equipped to evacuate the plane as quickly as possible in order to avoid succumbing to smoke and/or fire.