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How to Survive a Plane Crash

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 15, 2016

How to Survive a Plane Crash

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Air travel is more common these days than ever. More and more people are taking to the skies, airports are busier and people are traveling farther. Still, flying is one of the safest modes of transportation. 

According to an article in the Huffington Post, “your odds are only 1 in 8,357 of dying in an ‘air and space transport incident,’ as the National Safety Council calls it.”

Those odds are less likely than being struck by lightning. 

However, in the event of a crash, it’s good to be prepared and there are some easy-to-remember safety tips that you can put into practice to up your chances of survival. 

First on the Huffington Post’s list is keeping your shoes on. 

“It is okay to slip your shoes off during flight, but putting your shoes back on prior to landing will prevent you from having to run barefoot across a jet-fuel soaked tarmac,” writes Abbie Unger. 

Another way to increase your chances of survival: Don’t drink or take sedatives. For obvious reasons, remaining clear headed is the best way to fly.

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“The chances of surviving a plane crash hinge on two things: the ability of the flight attendants to get the exits open and your ability to get yourself to the exit. Make sure you are sober-minded enough to think clearly and move quickly,” writes Unger.

Get more tips for surviving a plane crash here


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