How do you survive a plane crash?

Increase your chances of survival in a plane crash! A few tips could help you get out of an accident.

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Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your chances of surviving a plane crash

Who hasn’t thought about it when boarding a plane? Plane crashes are on everyone’s mind, even if the airplane remains the safest means of transport on earth!

Before reading this article, you should know that safety is the main concern of airlines, and everything is done to avoid disasters. You may have heard reports that low-cost airlines are trying to cut back on safety, but rest assured, the reality is more complex than that.

It’s not in any airline’s interest to suffer a plane crash, if only for the damage it would do to their popularity.

In fact, to study the consequences of a plane crash for passengers, an experiment was carried out in a corner of the Mexican desert. A Boeing 727 was deliberately crashed in order to study its remains. Inside, sensors, dummies and cameras were used to understand what happens in the event of a crash.

Here’s the video of the crash:

After the video, here are a few tips for surviving a plane crash that may well help you in a difficult situation, or are just good to remember. After all, you only have a one-in-11-million chance of dying in a plane crash…

1. Korean pilots are said to be the best-trained pilots in the world

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In the 80s and 90s, Korea’s main airline suffered numerous accidents, and South Korea was one of the countries most criticized for the inexperience of its pilots. Since then, a Korean civil aviation program has raised the bar, and not just a little.

Today, Korean pilots undergo highly advanced training and safety measures. In fact, Korean aviation is said to be the safest in the world, ahead of 100 other countries!

2. In the event of a crash, the safest seats are in the rear.

According to a study in Popular Mechanics Analysis, the safest seats are in the rear of the aircraft. Studying all air crashes since 1973, the magazine shows that you have a 40% greater chance of survival if you’re in the rear, while business class passengers have the least chance.

It must be stressed, however, that statistics are just numbers and theory. A case in point is Asiana Airlines flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July 2013. Indeed, 2 of the 3 victims were in the tail of the aircraft, with most of the passengers injured because the tail of the aircraft struck a seawall on landing… It all depends on the type of accident…

In an accident, the safest position is to curl up with your head against the seat in front.

3. Most accidents occur during the first 3 minutes and the last 8 minutes of flight.

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Pay close attention to take-off and landing. Indeed, 80% of air accidents occur at these moments, which are the most delicate for pilots to negotiate. Whether due to the weather, a faulty part or human error, these moments count for more than the flight itself.

4. You have about 90 seconds to get out of a burning aircraft.

In the event of a plane crash, you need to have a sense of timing. 1 minute 30 is the time you have to escape. 90 seconds is simply the average time it takes for the cabin temperature to rise high enough to melt human flesh.

To be on the safe side, it’s also advisable to wear cotton clothes and not synthetic materials, so that they don’t melt in the heat.

What’s more, a study has also shown that in a plane crash, by the time you unbuckle your seatbelt and evacuate, you’ll have time to cover 5 rows. If you’re sitting more than 5 rows from an emergency exit, your chances of survival are greatly reduced.

5. Don’t carry anything

In the event of an air crash, and even in a crash where the aircraft is not seriously damaged, many passengers still think of taking their luggage with them. This is an indefensible attitude, even in the event of a « calm » evacuation. A damaged aircraft is potentially highly flammable, and in any situation, a few seconds can often mean the difference between life and death. By taking care of your luggage, you’re putting yourself and those behind you at risk.

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6. You can survive an open-air crash…with a forest, a swamp, and lots of chances.

Yes, it is possible to survive an open-air crash. You’ll have about 3 minutes before you hit the ground after falling from a plane in mid-air. First of all, the ideal position is not in a ball, but rather flat as you would in a freefall to slow your fall. Secondly, it’s best to avoid water, which will turn out to be hard as cement on impact, but it’s better to aim for a swamp, a forest or a layer of snow if possible to slow down the final impact…