A recent article on ABC News Explore credits Broken Wing’s B-727 crash with possibly saving lives during the Lion Air crash. While flattering, I think it is still too early in the investigation to determine that.
Certainly the brace position was a key to survival on the Broken Wing flight test, that Discovery featured on the documentary Plane Crash. However questions remain before a determination can be reached, for example: was a call made to brace? Did the passengers have time to brace?
I certainly think the documentary will be an immense source of safety data for years to come; we will see if it helped in Bali.