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Safety advances in planes boost odds of survival in crashes

NEW YORK — Passengers in plane crashes today, such as the one in San Francisco involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214, are more likely to survive than in past disasters.

Saturday’s crash was the latest where a big commercial airliner was destroyed but most passengers escaped with their lives. There were plenty of cuts, bruises, and broken bones — and some more severe injuries — but only 2 of the 307 passengers and crew onboard died.

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