What was it that enabled Tom to survive the plane crash?
1. The seat he chose encased him in metal framework and protected him.
2. Tom’s personality helped him to survive. He was never one who was willing to loose.
3. He never depended on anyone else. He is someone who was willing to take charge and make it happen.
4. The first 90 seconds after the crash is the golden time in which Tom did all the right things.
5. Tom was able to calm down enough to reach into the flames and unfasten his seat belt.
6. He had the foresight to run away from the plane.
7. He never thought of giving up even though it hurt to be alive.
8. Tom made the decision to travel down hill.
Tom felt much grief for his friends after the crash because he knew they didn’t survive. He had to reach into flames to unfasten his seat belt and maintain enough composure to walk away from the plane while his hooded sweatshirt was on fire. After he got away from the plane he took his sweat shirt off and then saw the plane explode.
Once he managed to smother the flames on his body, he walked through a heavily forest area without using his hands, because the skin had been burnt off. His face was also badly burnt. He found a tarp, but, could not pick it up with his hands. He managed to flatten the tarp out with his boot and kicked holes in it for his hands so that he could use it like a poncho. His plan was to walk to an open area with his make shift poncho so that he could be seen from a distance. He was in severe pain but still remained focused and made the right decisions to save his life.
Suddenly, out of the blue he heard a very loud noise which turned out to be from a zodiac boat. They spotted him and wrapped him in a blanket to try to keep him warm and transported him to a hospital. He had to endure incredible pain but recovered from his injuries.
The next story happened in Lake Tahoe at Alpine Meadows Ski Lodge.
From her home, Anna Allen went to pick up here ski pants at Alpine meadows, the ski lodge where she worked. When she arrived, her boss told her that she just skied through all the avalanche paths. A slab of 10 foot snow had broken away from the mountain. By the time it reached the lodge it was amass with several to