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  • What did you learn about Flight 800?
  • Roach goes to visit Dennis Shanahan, an injury analyst. Roach visits him because he studied the "case with TWA Flight 800" (113) , which involved dead bodies. This flight incident occured over East Moriches, New York. 
  • Shanahan explains how he was analyzing the victim's injuries for evidence of an explosion. Roach also inquires about how Shanahan deals with the emotional aspect of his job. Shanahan "does what the pathologists do. They focus on the parts, not the person" (116) Roach spends time discussing emotional aspects of death and cadavers.
  • After this, Shanahan discussed the different aspects he analyzed of a body. For example, he looked at thermal burns. He used the oreintation of the burns to "trace the path of a fire that had swept through the cabin" (119).  He also looked at how the seats burned. 
  • Next, Roach informs the audience about the impact when the people were thrown off the plane. She used Olympic Diving to analyze whether the passangers could survive the fall. Roach concludes, "people falling from planes have booked their final flight"
  • Another key factor that could have contributed to the Flight 800 incident is the sudden depressurization of the cabin. The effects of this would have a negative impact on the lungs, but "certainly not teh kind of damage seen in the lungs of the Comet passangers"(122)
  • Finally, Roach returns to the topic of fire. "Fire is the number one killer in airplane mishaps" (125). Passangers die because of smoke inhalation and toxic fumes from the fires. Roach also poses the question that airlines could do much better when it comes to fire safety. 
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