Last August 1, news broke out that an Aeromexico Connect Embraer E-190 jet taking off from Durango heading to Mexico City, crashed during take-off. Luckily, all 99 passengers and 4 crew members survived the crash. The aircraft went up in flames and all passengers were evacuated immediately within less than 2 minutes! Yes, that's 99 passengers out a burning aircraft in less than 2 minutes!
The cause of the crash is still unknown as investigation is presently going on. We would not also want to speculate on what caused it as there are always plenty of factors to consider so let's leave that there. Instead, let's focus on how all 99 passengers were all evacuated from the burning aircraft, and no one else would be able to carry that out well in less than two minutes but your flight attendants and stewards.
You see, there is nothing wrong of being a waiter and waitress, it's a noble job. But we have to realize that your flight attendants are not "just flying waiters and waitress" as how others would coin them, and that's the most important and biggest lesson we all have to draw from this story, that your cabin crew are indeed your life savers and highly trained safety professionals on board.
Sure, they do serve you chicken, beef, tea, and coffee, they attend to your needs on board the aircraft, but all those are their secondary duties, to make sure you are comfortable and to make your flying experience worthwhile. But when an unfortunate event happens during your flight (which we hope won't happen) and all your lives are at stake, that is where the primary duty of flight attendants come into place. They work in coordination with each other. They exercise their authority to make sure every person are out the aircraft in a very quick but orderly manner, and when after everyone is out, despite the aircraft slowly being consumed by fire, they do check every row and seat to make sure no one is left. Once this is verified, then they evacuate. What do the pilots do? They do also have emergency procedures to do and checklist to follow in the cockpit given certain situations like shutting down the engines during fire, and more.
If flight attendants were just there to serve you chicken or beef, and nothing more, they would not go through intensive training which includes ditching, firefighting, basic first aid, and all. Moreso, if flight attendants were only flying servers (and nothing more) and there was an emergency, it would be every man for himself as they would just jump out and leave the aircraft regardless if they are first to leave or not. If the flight attendants on Aeromexico Connect 2431 were only trained to ask you coffee or tea, then we are pretty sure plenty of lives were already lost.
But no, all 99 lives were saved as fire was slowly consuming the ill-fated jet, all evacuated in less than 2 minutes. Thanks to the cabin crew on board Aeromexico Connect who quickly worked together and used all what they learned in training. Thanks also to the cabin crew for putting their own lives on the back burner first to make sure the lives of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, were all saved.
So next time you board an aircraft, be happy that when you see your flight attendants and stewards. Know that under their glamorous uniform and good looks, hides a hero ready to save your life when an unfortunate situation happens.
This is the number one lesson we all can learn from Aeromexico Connect 2431. And we are sure the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, and wives, of these Aeromexico cabin crew are very proud that they have an unsung hero in their families.