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Surviving a plane crash

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survivalIt’s every traveler’s worst nightmare – a plane crash. Specifically YOUR plane crashing. Certain death, right? It turns out that between 1980 and 2000, almost 90% of airplane crash victims survived. Let’s say it again. Survived. That’s a pretty high percentage. It should get your ears perked up and paying attention to the topic now. An airplane crash is not a death sentence.

But are there ways you can increase the odds even more? It turns out there just might be.

1. The rear of the plane is safer. Exhaustive research reveals that passengers in the back of the plane have a 40% better chance of survival than to those in the first few rows.

2. Locate the exits. After boarding, count the number of rows between your seat and the nearest exit. Even in darkness or thick smoke, you can feel your way to safety by counting.

3. Assume the position. The FAA says you should cross your hands, place them on the seat in front of you, and rest your forehead against the back of your hands. Feet should be tucked under your seat.

4. Dress properly. Long pants, sleeves, and closed toe shoes will protect you better from glass, flying debris, and whatever natural elements you end up in.

5. Families. Assign a parent to watch each child rather than trying to keep everyone together. This divided responsibility makes it easier. You can regroup when you’re safe.

The FAA refers to the first 90 seconds after a crash as “Golden Time.” If you stay conscious, stay calm, and move fast, you have a good chance of getting out of the plane.

The Holistic Survival Team

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