Did the Chilean government officials deliberately create low expectations of their ability to rescue the miners, so that they could later exceed them?
Chile mine rescue: the first of the 33 trapped Chilean miners has been successfully rescued using a NASA-built escape capsule. Florencio Avalos greeted his family and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in an emotional celebration after being freed from a collapsed mine in Chile.
The 33 trapped Chilean miners are counting down the minutes to their rescue as the NASA-built escape capsule arrives at the rescue platform 622 meters underground.
Chile's miners are alive, all 33 of them, after 17 days trapped in a collapsed mine. "Today all of Chile is crying with excitement and joy," President Sebastian Pinera said. But it may be until Christmas before the trapped miners can be rescued.
The rescue team in the West Virginia coal mine disaster was called back Thursday morning – and hasn't yet reentered – because lingering gases 'have the potential to blow up in a heartbeat.'
Mining companies have been slow to adopt new safety requirements. Critics say the West Virginia disaster shows that Congress needs to step in. The industry says it needs clearer guidance.