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5 tips on how to survive plane crash

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Many people believe that plane crashed are catastrophic and not survivable events. This has made them accept they cannot do anything when such disasters loon.  But almost 95% of airplane crashes have survivors. So even if the worst does happen, your odds aren’t as bad as you might think. You can learn to prepare for each flight safety, stay calm during the crash itself, and survive the aftermath.

1  Sit in the tail of the aircraft.

Passengers in the tail of the aircraft have 40% higher survival rates than those in the first few rows in the event of a crash. Because a quick escape gives you the best chance for survival, it’s best to get seats as close as possible to an exit, on the aisle and in the back of the plane.

2.  Keep your seat belt on at all times.

Every centimeter of slack in your seat belt triples the G-Force you’ll experience in the crash, so keep your seat belt properly tightened at all times you’re on the aircraft.

Push the belt down as low over your pelvis as possible. You should be able to feel the upper ridge of the pelvis above the upper edge of the belt, which helps to brace you in an emergency much better than your soft stomach.

3.   Adopt the brace position

There’s no way that curling up in a ball would help you survive in a plane crash. but research has shown that brace positions do indeed help reduce the chances of survival in an emergency crash landing. The positions help reduce the velocity of your head when it inevitably slams into the seat in front of you. Moreover, they help minimize limb flailing.

Also, make sure your seat belt is securely fastened, low and tight over your lap, those bad boys (seat belts)are designed to withstand 3,000 pounds of force, which is about three times as much as your body could handle without passing. Trust them.

4.  Read the safety card and listen to the flight attendants.

Another thing you can do to overcome the Normalcy Bias is to read through the safety card as well as listen to the flight attendants when they give their pre-flight safety spiel. Just because you’ve amassed enough frequent flier miles to circumnavigate the globe 1,000 times, you’re definitely not off the hook. You may think you’re justifiably confident, but you’re probably complacent; in a report published a few years ago, the FAA found that frequent fliers were the least informed on what to do and most susceptible to the normalcy bias in the event of a plane crash.

Re-reading the safety card will remind you where the nearest exits are and what to do during a crash landing. As you read through the safety guidelines, formulate your action plan.

5. Protect yourself from smoke

Fire and smoke are responsible for the largest percentage of crash fatalities. The smoke in an airplane fire can be very thick and highly toxic, so cover your nose and mouth with a cloth to avoid breathing it in. If possible, moisten the cloth to provide extra protection.

Stay low as you escape, to duck under the level of smoke. It might not seem like a big deal, but passing out due to smoke inhalation is one of the most dangerous things that can happen during this critical period.

Credit: The Nation

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