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How to Survive a Plane Crash

The odds of dying in a plane crash are about one in 11 million (about the same as being attacked by shark and much lower than the chance of being stuck by light), while the odds of dying in an auto accident are about one in 5,000. More than 95 percent of the airplane passengers involved in a crash survive, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Scientific America has an article that gives a few tips that can increase your chances of survival in a plane crash.

  • Dress for survival – Wearing practical shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. (Cover your skin to protect your skin from flames and sharp objects)
  • Choose your seat wisely – Passengers in the rear of an aircraft were significantly more likely to survive, and people sitting behind the wing had a 40 percent greater chance of surviving. Also, try to sit in or near an exit row because most crash survivors moved five rows or fewer before exiting a burning plane. Last, aisle seats are somewhat safer. (Not first class)
  • Takeoff and landing – The most accident-prone times of an airplane flight are the three minutes after takeoff and the eight minutes before landing – keep your shoes on, keep your tray table up, make note of the two nearest exits, placing a carry-on item under the seat in front of you.
  • The 90-second rule – Stay calm and move out of the plane quickly. (Fire can spread very quickly)

After surviving a plane crash, if we can learn from the Flight 214 plane crash at SFO, don’t get run over by emergency vehicles arriving at the scene.
Source: Scientific America – How to Survive a Plane Crash

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