In our last post we started a discussion on how to increase your chances of surviving a commercial airplane crash. Although these tips are definitely very useful and important, we all know that there are many aspects of an airplane crash that we cannot control. Nonetheless, it is important to stay vigilant and ready.
Does where you sit matter? Some think it does, while others disagree. Some say that the five rows closest to the emergency exit may be safer in terms of surviving a crash. On the other hand, a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expert disagrees. She says every emergency is different and may impact different parts of the plane.
When you sit down in your seat, you may be able to see the exit door, but would you be able to find it if it was pitch black? The FAA expert says it’s important to have an escape plan. She recommends counting how many armrests there are between your seat and the exit doors.
Another good tip is to dress appropriately. Even if you are flying for business purposes, you may want to avoid wearing heels or restrictive clothes. Dress in a way that prepares you for having to run away from the airplane in case of a crash.
Speaking of running away from the airplane, keep in mind that you have about 90 seconds to do so. That’s a good time frame to go by. Although many people survive the initial impact of the crash, the conditions that follow (fire, water or smoke) may cause their death.