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.