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10 Ways to Increase Your Odds of Surviving a Plane Crash











7. In most extreme emergencies, about 90 percent of people either panic or freeze, while only 10 percent keep absolutely calm, are able to think clearly and instruct others on how to save themselves. If you happen to be a deer-in-the-headlights person or one who is prone to hysteria and you come in contact with an Indiana Jones-type (i.e. calm, cool and collected), do your best to follow his/her instructions.

8. Statistically people who are in better shape are more agile, more alert and better able to escape. Also, being thin increases your survival chances in a plane crash as you may be required to squeeze through tight spaces to safety. While you are not likely to suddenly get in shape or become thinner for an upcoming flight, you can choose to be as alert as possible. Do not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills that will impair your ability to respond quickly in an emergency, especially in those crucial minutes before take-off and landing.

9. Listen to those safety instructions before take-off, even if you have heard the drill a hundred times. Have your children listen as well. Look at the emergency card and consider the different impact positions that can be assumed during a crash. A child has a different impact position than an adult. Bracing upon impact makes a difference on survival rates. This was well demonstrated by Discovery TV that crash tested a Boeing 727 in Sonoran Desert. They had the Boeing 727 equipped with crash test dummies, dozens of cameras, sensors and a crew of daring pilots, who parachuted from the plane minutes before the jetliner careened into the ground.

10. Be positive – while accepting the worse case scenario. While you may feel a sense of hopelessness in the advent of an impending crash or immediately following a crash, remember that the survival rate of plane crashes is 95.7 percent! That is an incredibly high rate of survival for something as dramatic as a plane crash.

After sharing his plane crash survival tips, Sherwood likes to reassure his audience that actual crashes are highly unlikely and the odds are that you will survive.  ”You could fly every day for the next 164,000 years and not have an airplane crash,” he said. I don’t know about you, but I find that last statistic the most comforting.  But in the advent of a crash, thanks to Mr. Sherwood and others, I also feel more empowered that I can survive.





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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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3:22PM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

I don't fly !!!!

12:59PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

hahah ai think its a bit funny article :P

1:11AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

I don't think we will ever fly again since my husband had a major anxiety attack the last time we did fly!
I have a friend who loves to fly - I will forward her these tips! Thanks Cherise!

7:03PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

good tips

6:16PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

I don't travel for a long time but if I did ,I would appreciate the tips.

4:14PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thank you very much for the extremely useful and clever tips.
I hate flying with a passion, and avoid long flights if I can, but knowing this info might certainly be helpful.

7:01PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013


5:51PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Aargh! Thanks for the tips...though it doesn't make my anguish for flying any less!

6:44AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

noted. thanks a lot for sharing.

3:17PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

The absolute BEST way to avoid dying in a plane crash is to NOT fly in the first place! My own car is more fuel-efficient than an airplane (okay, maybe not quite if you divide the cost of fuel by the number of occupants) AND the cost to drive myself beats the hell out of the cost of a plane ticket; I can bring my own meals and snacks; I can bring my cats and not have to worry about them dying in the cargo hold; and I never have to worry about being seated next to a drunk threatening to vomit all over my lap, or someone with mind-killing B.O., or have someone's unruly BRAT screaming their head off or kicking my seat from directly behind me, for the entire flight!!!

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