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Where Is The Safest Seat On A Plane?

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | June 29, 2015

Where Is The Safest Seat On A Plane?

The odds of dying in a plane crash are extremely slim, making air travel one of the safest means of transportation. 

Let's put it this way; it's much more likely for a person to meet their demise while traveling on the ground, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian. 

Nonetheless, where you are sitting on an airplane can factor in to whether you survive a potential crash.

According to data compiled by TIME analyzing 17 accidents with fatalities and survivors between 1985 and 2000, the back third of the plane was the safest seating area compared to the front and middle thirds, with passengers seated in the rear perishing 32 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, the front and middle thirds had fatality rates of 38 and 39 percent respectively in those accidents.

For passengers seated at the back of the plane in those crashes, seats toward the middle of the aircraft tended to be more favorable, dropping the fatality rate to 28 percent.

On the flip side, according to TIME's research, the most dangerous seats on the analyzed crashed aircraft were the aisle seats located in the middle third of the plane. This area had a fatality rate of 44 percent. 

While the research is undoubtedly intriguing and will have some racing to the back of the plane on their next flight, the Federal Aviation Administration maintains that there's no such thing as a safest seat on a plane.

In the end, a passenger's chances of survival in a plane crash depend on the crash itself. For example, the section of the aircraft where the least heaviest impact is felt is more likely to have a lower fatality rate.

So sit wherever you like and remember, your odds of dying in a plane crash are just 1 in 8,000. 


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