I perceived accidents in the air the most fatal and I think most people think so too. In fact in 1992 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the United Kingdom found that people rated aircraft accidents the least survivable kind of accidents.
But according to the research done by the Federal Administration and Aviation (FAA) accidents by air have a 95.7 % survival rate. The National Safety Board (NTSB) in their study found that the most serious accidents even have a 76.6% survival rate.
Over the years the industry and governments are making sure the planes pass all the safety standards before they are allowed to fly.
The aircraft are designed and modified for passengers safety i.e. modifications in cargo compartments to delay fires from spreading, and fire blocking of cabin and seat material that also prevent fires and other things. However, the experts still think the passenger holds an important role for his survival by paying attention to the safety briefing, reading the safety cards, as well as planning the easiest way to the exit.
Surviving an air plane crash:
If you are a believer pray for a safe journey. If you are not, good luck!
Dress for safety not sexy. Wear comfortable, warm clothing with fabric that won’t easily catch fire.
Wear proper shoes:
Not high heels, wear shoes that are comfortable.
The Study done by the FAA shows that when you are very big you cannot move fast (reducing your chance to survive). You also risk other people lives in the process.
Listen and read the safety tips:
Listen to the preflight briefing and review the safety cards. About two-thirds of the passengers do not do these things. Pay attention.
During take off (3 mins) and landing (8mins) 80% of accidents happen in this time frame
- Do not wear head phones
- Do not sleep
Brain cells are sensitive it is said they can begin to die within five minutes after the oxygen supply has been cut off. Make use of the oxygen masks once they are dropped.
It is said that the seats are made to protect passengers. Protect your head and legs.
Avoid sharp object:
You should not keep sharp objects in your pocket. It might cause you harm during the accident.
Put the seat-belt on, it keeps you in the seat. It can withstand 3,000 lbs of force. It means you can trust it to hold you and protect your body from the impact.
The luggage can slow you down and other people. Life is more important than luggage.
Research reveals that you have a 64% chance of survival if you sit in the exit row. Sitting near the window is about a 58% chance of survival.
Your survival during a plane accident depends on many factors. The pilot, the aircraft itself, where you crash, the kind of accident, applying the safety briefing, and perhaps LUCK. Remember there are no guarantees in life so treat each day as the last.