A 13-year-old boy who was among the survivors of the plane crash that killed former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens on Aug. 9 was released from the hospital, according to media reports.
Results that have been released by the state medical examiner in Alaska were also widely reported in news outlets and suggested that the five people who did not survive the crash died as a result of blunt force trauma, and their injuries were not survivable.
Plan crashes are always dramatic, but not everyone knows that 19 out of 20 people make it out of such accidents alive, according to ABC News, which cited government statistics. For this reason, experts recommend that passengers keep in mind several strategies to increase their likelihood of survival.
The news source quoted cabin safety expert Mac McLean who said that it is a good idea to count the number of rows between ones seat and the nearest exit when boarding a plane.
Moreover, it is critical, even for frequent travelers, to pay attention to on-board safety instructions.
In the event of crash landing, one should leave the scene as fast as possible because it can become toxic or explosive.
If there is enough time, it may also be a good idea to take basic medicines and a blanket or other cover to protect oneself from bad weather while awaiting emergency responders.
Individuals who survive a plane going down at sea may benefit from the Discovery Channels advice to get clear and upwind of the aircraft but remain in the vicinity until it sinks. It is also important to get clear of fuel-covered water in case the fuel ignites.