It’s not a nice subject…. how to survive a plane crash. I wanted to write something relevant on tonight’s blog and, unfortunately, plane crashes have been not only a big story in 2014 – but a recent one too. Since I am in the business of helping to keep people safe, I feel that it is important for me to cover this subject- as uncomfortable as it is.
Here are 3 easy-to –remember tips to help you survive a plane crash. I’m hopeful you will never have to use them.
1. Location, location, location. When you book a flight, try to book one where you can select your own seats. If you can do this, make sure to get seats as close as possible to an exit. Aisle seats are generally preferable as they are easier to get out of. In addition, try to sit in the back of the plane. Passengers in the tail of the aircraft have 40% higher survival rates than those in the first few rows.
2. Stay calm and prepare. I know this is easier said than done but most plane crashes afford passengers several minutes to prepare for the crash. During this time try to determine what surface the plane will land on so you can adjust. If you’re going to be landing in water, for example, you’ll want to put your life vest on—don’t inflate it until you’re out of the plane—and if you’re going to be landing in cold weather, you should try to get a blanket or jacket to keep you warm once outside. Make sure to put your ID and cell phone in your underwear to prevent it from falling out upon impact.
3. That oxygen mask is extremely important! If the cabin is compromised by a fire or air damage, you have only about 15 seconds (often less if you’re a smoker) to start breathing through your oxygen mask before you are rendered unconscious. You need to be alert (most of the time) to survive.
Twyla N. Garrett