Surviving a Plane Crash

After sealing the transfer deal of his career, Emiliano Sala boarded a light aircraft heading to his new club in England. That was the last anyone had seen of the Argentinian football striker. Last Tuesday, his plane vanished from the radar and disappeared over the English Channel. Experts claim it was likely due to a plane crash.

A plane crash. Perhaps the most feared experience, in an age of fluid transportation systems.

If you were ever caught in such an unlikely event, how are you going to improve your odds of surviving then?

Reader’s Digest has put together some tips for you.

  1. Don’t bring your carry-on baggage

You are constantly reminded by the flight crew to stow your luggage away neatly. Because in an event of an evacuation, a clear aisle would potentially save many lives. And why scramble to bring your carry-on along with you, when they would slow you down, and obstruct others?

  1. The truth behind your seats

The “safest seats” would be behind the airplane wings. A study which researched 20 commercial airplane crashes found that people who sat in the rear cabin, behind the wings had a 69 percent chance of survival. If you were seated in first class, your chances drops by 20 counts to a figure of 49 percent.

Other “safe seats” would be those near the exit doors. Well.

  1. Brace, brace, brace

Assume brace position, with your seatbelts fastened. Crouching forwards and using your hands to protect your head and neck area would increase your survival probabilities, a 2015 Boeing crash simulation found.

  1. Oxygen masks are there for a reason

The moment the oxygen masks are released, put it on. A drop in cabin pressure can render you unconscious in less than a minute. Secure your masks before assisting others. How much help can you offer if you are unconscious?

  1. Flammable clothing

68 percent of plane wreck casualties come from post-crash fires, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board. So avoid wearing flammable materials like polyester and nylon and instead opt for cotton or wool.

  1. Shoes

Wear shoes that increase your mobility in case you need to move around. Not those that would hinder your movement as you head towards the emergency exits. You don’t want to be tripping, falling and stumbling as you are running for your dear lives.

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