March 24th, 2014

How can I incapacitate, but not kill, ~100 people in a plane crash

Location: western Colorado, now-ish (this is for my fungal zombies)

research: asked an aviation archeologist. Not really sure how to web-research this one.

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The things I need help figuring out:

Would fire/smoke be enough to incapacitate (but not *immediately* kill) the people on the plane? If fire started in mid-air, would the oxygen masks have dropped or something? Do I need to add something else, like enough shaking around to concuss everyone?

Why would Mr. or Ms. Zombie not be in a seatbelt? Could it have broken in the crash, or something? Is it likely that the crash happened so quickly that people hadn't buckled up from mid-flight "you are now free to move about the cabin", and the future zombie was coming back from the bathroom or something? Any other thoughts?

Is there anything else that I'm completely missing?

edit: also, these zombies look like recently dead people, except for patches of fungal tissue repairing any wounds. What might some/most/all of my zombies eventually *look* like? Would there be some that could "pass" as alive, as long as they could hide the bite marks?...