Air travel is a serious stress for almost everyone. Choosing a relatively safe seat in the aircraft cabin will make you more confident and travel more comfortable.
Experts say that a safe place in the cabin of an aircraft is very conditional. There are certain patterns of choosing the "best seat" that can increase the chances of survival in a plane crash.
Takeoff and landing
The most common occurrence of accidents in air transport occurs during takeoff or on approach. The most difficult flight stages account for about 60% of all emergency situations. Experts from the flight test center agree that in case of an unsuccessful landing, those passengers whose seats are located in the rear of the cabin are more likely to survive. When hitting the ground, the nose of the liner is subjected to the maximum load. In the front section of the cabin, the proportion of surviving passengers is 49%, while 69% of people survive in the aft compartment.
An experiment was conducted in the United States to simulate an aircraft accident. The test crash involved a Boeing 727, remotely controlled from the ground. The experience cost taxpayers $ 1.5 million and proved that passengers in the last rows in economy class could survive a hard landing.
Safe place near the escape hatch
There is another opinion about the location of the safest seat in the aircraft cabin. It does not guarantee 100% survival in case of a disaster, but it has a right to exist. A passenger occupying a seat in the passenger compartment in the immediate vicinity of the emergency exit has the highest chances of surviving. This statement is true for travelers located no further than the sixth row from the escape hatch. British aviation security experts are calling for additional emergency exits to be provided to aircraft fuselages, and passengers will be able to independently choose the most suitable places for travel.
How else to protect yourself during the flight? Whenever possible, choose large, wide-body aircraft for transportation. Avoid connecting flights and stops. Once on board the aircraft, strictly follow the instructions of the flight attendants and crew members, even if you consider yourself a seasoned aviation passenger. The safest seat on the plane will not guarantee a successful flight if the lucky one who occupies it neglects seat belts and is actively friends with alcohol.