How to Survive a Plane Crash: 5 Fascinating Tips
Do you have a fear of flying? If you’re constantly worried that you might not survive a plane crash, fear not. Here’s your guide.
Have you always been afraid of flying? Don’t worry because you are not alone. Around 20 million people in the United States have a fear of flying.
But at some point or another, you’ll need to fly in a plane. What are you going to do if it crashes? Here are three helpful yet intriguing tips to help you survive a plane crash.
How Likely Is It?
Plane crashes are very scary. No one wants to fall to their death in a metal container with a bunch of strangers. Luckily, the chances of this happening to you are very slim.
Film, television, and other forms of media have definitely played upon the fear of plane crashes very heavily, just like they did with shark attacks in Jaws.
They’ve been doing it as far back as 1957 with the movie Zero Hour. What they don’t tell you is you have a one in 20 million chance of being involved in a plane crash.
Those odds aren’t very scary when you see them like that. To learn more about the likelihood of being in a plane crash, check out this informative blog. While the odds are small, there is still that small chance of possibility, so, what are some tips to survive?
- It Starts With the Seat
There have been studies to show that some seats are statistically safer than others. There have also been studies and official statements from the FAA and aircraft manufacturers that all seats are equal as long as everyone wears a seatbelt.
So when you’re picking out your ticket, you shouldn’t have to worry about your seat.
You should, however, follow the five-row rule. This rule states that if your seat is within five rows of an exit, your chances of surviving a plane crash are increased.
This makes sense because if you were in the very back of the plane, you’d have to work your way up to the exit and at that point, it may be too late.
- Dress to Survive
Believe it or not, your clothes can help you survive. You want to focus on comfortable clothes, but they should be somewhat sturdy.
Try to go heat resistant if you can don’t wear open-toed shoes. If you need to escape the plane, the last thing you need is your feet getting burned or trampled on.
Speaking of getting burned, do not wear materials like nylon and polyester because these have low melting temperatures.
If worn during a plane crash, they could melt and burn into your skin, and that is the last thing you would want to happen while your plane goes down.
- Be Alert, Pay Attention
Do you know the safety presentation that the flight attendants present before every flight? If you said no, don’t be shocked as only about 50% of passengers pay attention during the presentation. Don’t let this be you.
Paying attention to the safety presentation and safety cards is an easy way to learn how to keep yourself alive in an emergency situation.
With the information from the presentation combined with these tips, you’ll have the best chances of survival. Just don’t forget the plus three minus eight rule.
The rule is referring to the fact that 80% of plane crashes will happen while taking off or landing. Taking off is the first three minutes and the last eight being landing.
Knowing this rule is crucial because you can be alert during these times so if you were to crash, you are prepared.
Surviving a Plane Crash
Surviving a plane crash is no easy task, but with these helpful tips, you can be sure to increase your chances. Just remember the rules, wear your seatbelt, and stay calm.
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