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Vegas pilot offers crash survival tactics

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Looking at the images of Saturday's Asiana Airlines crash, it's hard to believe so many people survived the impact. It's no surprise to Daryl Governale.

"It's the sudden stoppage of hitting things that injures a person," said Dale Governale of West Air Aviation. "If you make it to the cleared area of the airport semi under control, most people usually walk away."

Governale is a 15-year commercial pilot. He said passengers shouldn't automatically assume they'll die if a plane crashes, but instead they should know how to brace for impact.

"Cross your arms and then try to get as low as possible," said Governale. "Put your head down by your knees, kind of folding yourself in half, because the energy won't whiplash your energy toward your knees."

He added it's different for every plane, so it's critical to read the emergency card. He also said sitting near an exit greatly improves the odds of getting out safely.

"I smell something burning and see the dust and smoke," said Eugene Rah, who survived the crash.

Eugene Rah spends half the year in Las Vegas as an entertainment producer for shows on the Strip. He was among the survivors.

His daughter, Eunice Rah, told FOX5 that at the last minute, her father's seat was bumped to the front of the plane.

Eunice Rah said her father is considered a VIP member for the airline since he's flown more than a million miles. He's now dealing with jaw, back and neck pain.

Eunice Rah knows it could have been worse had her father not acted quickly after seeing the plane was too low.

"At that point, he knew 100 percent that something was going to happen," said Eunice Rah. "He gripped his chair, his body tensed up, and he braced himself."

Rah said her father will likely never get on a plane again because he's still in shock. However, she will be flying to Las Vegas in a few weekends to work on another business venture.

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