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December 29th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Experts: Lessons still not learned from previous air disasters

(CNN) - While the mystery and geography have led to easy comparisons between the disappearances of the AirAsia flight and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there are also some distinct differences.

For starters, the search area for Flight 370 was much deeper in the Indian Ocean. Compared to the more shallow, heavily-trafficked Java Sea.

And then there are the sizes of the search areas. For Flight 370, it was about the size of West Virginia. For AirAsia, at least right now, it's about the size of West Virginia and South Carolina combined. Of course it's early yet.

And then there are the circumstances under which both planes went down, like the weather. It was crystal clear for that Malaysian air flight, in stark contrast with the conditions during this AirAsia flight.

CNN aviation analyst and former inspector general for the department of transportation Mary Schiavo joins "The Lead" to dicuss, along with CNN safety analyst and author of the book "Why Planes Crash," David Soucie.

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