Interesting. This discussion moved me to read through the AAIB report again. It mentions that, although witnesses recalled that some overhead lockers came open immediately before the crash, in fact all but one of the lockers actually separated from the airframe at the second impact.quicksilver-wsr wrote: ↑Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:32 amBack in 2006, I was having an in-depth medical exam courtesy of a doctor who'd been involved in examining victims of the Kegworth crash. He told me that a high proportion of the victims he examined had been killed by glass duty-free booze bottles flying from the overhead lockers and striking them on the backs of their heads.
Not a nice thought - since, if true, this would and should have been preventable - but I thought I'd check the story on the web just now and, sure enough, "All but one overhead locker sprang open and luggage flew through the air, causing head injuries to almost every passenger, and killing some of them."
The same report states the number of people showing evidence of head injury from a blow from behind as 17.
True, nearly everybody suffered head injuries but these were mostly attributable to impact with the seat in front.
It never ceased to amaze me that more survived than died in that crash; as it was, a combination of good design (fuel tanks which mostly maintained their integrity) and good fortune (the fuel tank that did rupture was empty, also the fire services arrived In time to put out a fire before it could spread), prevented the wreck becoming an inferno, which doesn't bear thinking about.