10 ways to survive in a plane crash
What can be done before the flight?
1. Choose large planes. If you have a choice on which airliner to fly, choose the most dimensional model possible. According to studies by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), larger aircraft absorb more kinetic energy when they crash, which increases the chances of passengers staying alive.
2. Choose safe places. Of course, the place that did not suffer during the crash is safe. However, it is impossible to predict which part of the aircraft will be damaged in the event of a disaster. Therefore, select locations near the emergency exit. According to Ed Gali, professor of mathematical modeling at the University of Greenwich, those who survived a typical plane crash, as a rule, took up no more than five rows from the emergency exit. Passengers who sat farther than five rows had sharply reduced chances to get out of the plane alive.
Gali notes that there are exceptions to the “five-row rule.” Of course, there are people who managed to get out sitting and in two dozen rows from the exit. Moreover, even if you are very close to the door, it is possible that it can jam. But in general, the chances of survival increase if you choose places no further than five rows from any of the exits.
If you did not get a place at the exit and within five rows from it, then sit down at the aisle. In addition to making it easier for you to go to the restroom, you will have a better chance of surviving than sitting at the windows.
3. Dress properly. Choosing the right clothes can protect you from some of the injuries you might get during a crash.
So much fuel is poured into airplanes that a fire is very likely in an accident. Try to wear long-sleeved clothing while also avoiding shorts and skirts. This can protect you from burns. Clothing made of nylon and other synthetic materials is highly flammable, so try to wear things made of natural fibers - cotton, wool, etc. during the flight.
The choice of shoes is also very important. When you get out of an airplane that has crashed, you need to quickly run away from the crash site (more on this later), so don’t wear high-heeled shoes that make it easy to tuck your foot when running, and flip flops: you can completely lose them.
When on board:
4. Read the safety rules. At first glance, this seems trite and not so important, especially if you fly for the thousandth time. However, a report published by the FAA a few years ago said that often flying passengers are less informed about what to do in the event of an airplane crash.
In safety rules, there is usually a layout of the outputs. It is also better to study it in detail and think in advance how to get to them, including if the nearest exit is blocked. When reading the safety instructions, formulate your own emergency response plan.
5. 3 minutes after take-off and 8 before landing. According to statistics, exactly in these 11 minutes, during take-off and landing, about 80% of air crashes occur. It is not recommended to fall asleep at this time; the fact that you should not take alcohol before the flight is implied initially. Both that and another will lower concentration of attention and disrupt coordination of movements. You must be extremely vigilant and prepared to take the necessary measures in the event of an accident.
6. Fasten your seat belt.
Reading safety precautions should not be neglected."> Reading safety rules should not be neglected.
It is necessary to formulate your own plan of action in the event of a plane crash."> We need to formulate our own plan of action in the event of a plane crash.
Sleeping during take-off and landing is strongly discouraged."> Sleeping during take-off and landing is strongly discouraged.
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