In the wake of recent airplane accidents, many people will ask themselves if it is possible to survive similar crashes. Fortunately, experts are saying passengers who keep in mind several basic survival strategies have a high likelihood of survival.
Mac McLean, the FAA’s investigator for cabin safety, says it is a good idea to count the number of rows between your seat and the nearest exit when you board the plane, quoted by ABC News.
Moreover, it is always helpful, even for seasoned travelers, to pay attention to safety demonstrations and read the safety instructions brochure.
After the plane has crash landed, it is important to leave the scene as fast as possible because it can quickly become toxic or explosive.
If there is enough time, and no immediate help from the outside, it may also be a good idea to take basic medicines and a blanket or other cover when leaving a crashed airplane to protect oneself from elements while awaiting emergency responders.
Meanwhile, for those who survive a plane going down at sea, the Discovery Channel advises 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 and try to find other survivors.
Despite the large number of fatalities from the recent crash of an Air France jet off the coast of Brazil, government statistics suggest 19 out of 20 people make it out of airliner crashes safely, according to ABC News.