How To Survive a Plane Crash With Nothing But 10 Simple Tips

How To Survive a Plane Crash With Nothing But 10 Simple Tips

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The fear of being in a plane crash is very real. You are not alone. There are millions of people in the world who fear that the plane they are flying might be crashed and this includes many notable people in the world.

Even though plane crashes are far less likely than car crashes, it’s still something that terrifies people. So, in the (very, very) unlikely event that you are on a plane that is going down, here are some tips on how you might actually survive the catastrophic event unscathed.

1. Remember the plus three/minus eight rule.   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-0

80% of plane crashes occur in the first 3 minutes of take off and in the 8 minutes after landing. Be mindful of this fact and be vigilant during these times.

2. Beware, you got only 90 seconds   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-1

If the plane had crashed, be mindful that you got only 90 seconds to get out of there alive. Fire inevitably cathes the whole plane in the event of crash and it engulfs everything. Remember again, you got just 1.5 minutes to save your life.

3. The five-row rule   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-2

Studies show that it’s best if you seat yourself within five rows of an emergency exit. Anything farther than that, and your chances of survival drop. It’s also better if you have an aisle seat because it’s easier to escape.

4. Read the safety instructions   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-3

Those things aren’t on the plane for show. It’s important to know exactly where the exits are, how to put an oxygen mask on, and what part of the plane floats. So listen to the flight attendants and read those safety cards.

5. Know how to assume the brace position   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-4

This might seem silly in the event of a plane crash, but the brace position dramatically reduces the likelihood of your head slamming into anything or limbs flailing and getting hurt. It should go without saying, too, but keep your seatbelt fastened. It is designed to withstand over 3,000 pounds of force.

6. Don’t get lazy — come up with a plan   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-5

It turns out, our brains are designed to think that everything is normal and predictable. When that’s not the case, it takes a while for our noggins to jump into action. To overcome this, formulate a plan of escape every time you fly. How many rows away from an exit are you, how will you get to it in the event of an emergency, what potential roadblocks could be in the way, etc.

7. Put your oxygen mask on immediately   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-6

Once that thing drops, you need to get it on your face. Planes are pressurized so we can breathe normally that high in the sky, but if a plane loses pressure, you lose your ability to breathe. Just a few seconds without oxygen can cause mental impairment.

8. Fly in big planes   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-7

When a larger airplane crashes, you are subject to less deadly force due to the machine’s size. A smaller plane’s impact is far more dangerous than a larger one’s. Plus, the pilots of larger planes are usually more experienced.

9. Forget your personal belongings   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-8

You’d be surprised to hear that a lot of people in a plane crash first look around to grab their luggage before escaping. Forget the luggage! You can buy more stuff later…when you’re alive. You only have a few seconds to get out of a plane, so leave that stuff behind, grab your kids and loved ones, and head for that exit!

10. Stay fit   how-to-survive-a-plane-crash-9

Being fit helps a lot when you have to do physically challenging things like escaping a plane crash. A study shows that young and fit people are more likely to survive a crash than others. Being lean and fit helps you navigate the plane with ease, plus you can move blockages if there are any.

This information will definitely up your chances of surviving a terrible plane crash. Just remember, it’s highly unlikely that you will be involved in a crash, but on the off chance you are, it’s good to know what to do.
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