Many victims of the Asiana Flight 214 plane crash are still suffering emotional trauma months after the crash.
The Wall Street Journal reports that many of the victims of the crash have recovered from their physical injuries to discover that the emotional trauma of the plane crash still lingers.
“One day, I went to watch a lighthearted movie for some laughs,” one of the plane crash victims said. “There was a sudden bang in one of the scenes, and I was so shocked that I felt paralyzed. I took the tranquilizers that I had with me-twice the prescribed amount-but I couldn’t stop trembling.”
Experts say that many of the plane crash victims are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Sufferers of PTSD may experience nightmares, panic attacks, difficult sleeping and concentrating. PTSD often makes it hard to tend to family and work duties and can last for years even if it is being treated.
More Training Needed
Investigations into the crash and rescue efforts showed significant training gaps with both Asiana Airlines and the San Francisco Fire Department. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that investigators accused Asiana pilots of being uncomfortable with manual landings overly reliant on automated controls.
Investigators also found the response from the SFFD rushed and confused. Firefighters ran over a plan accident victim twice during their rescue.