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Describe CREEP as the term relates to crash survivability. To analyze the personal outcome for individuals involved in a particular crash, investigators use the CREEP principle. This is an acronym for the five factors considered to influence personal survival in a crash. Although these factors may not encompass the entire complex set of factors involved in surviving a crash, they provide an extremely useful framework for conducting a systematic analysis of personal survival. The five factors are: 1)Container The potential for survival during a crash is severely compromised if the occupied spaces collapse or are penetrated by external objects.In our case, the plane impacted the metal structure at the end of the runway. This caused the plane to break apart. It also caused objects such as luggage, oxygen masks, airplane parts etc to fall in the cabin and cockpit, thus compromising safety. The post crash fire is also a result of the aircraft being impacted. 2)Restraint Effective personal restraint is essential for injury prevention in all but the most minor crashes. Of almost equal importance is restraint of potentially injurious objects within the cabin space such as cargo and luggage. Effective restraint in our case was provided by the seatbelts, as the occupants of this crash were prepared for landing.

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