How to Survive a Plane Crash – Dr. David Eifrig

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How to Survive a Plane Crash
By Dr. David Eifrig, editor, Retirement Millionaire
Friday, October 4, 2013

Many people report dying in a plane crash as their gravest fear.

The statistics don’t support their anxiety.

When flying within the U.S., the average person’s odds of dying in a plane crash are one in 60 million (yes, 1 in 60,000,000). Put another way… you could fly every day for 164,000 years before dying in a crash. When flying internationally, crash odds increase, but not exponentially. Even when flying on a “third world” airline, the odds of crashing are 1 in 2 million.

But it’s imperative to avoid panic in any crisis situation… And to avoid panic, you must have a plan.

So if you ever find yourself in an airline disaster, here are some things you should know to significantly improve your chances of survival…

Most people are conditioned to think plane crashes kill everyone onboard. They ignore the safety briefings and neglect to read the safety handout. The facts say otherwise. More than 95% of people in plane crashes survive…

But it is vital you pay attention and prepare yourself ahead of time. It can save your life.

After years of studies, it turns out that the No. 1 factor determining whether or not a seat is safe is not its location in the aircraft (the front, back, or middle of the aircraft), but rather how close your seat is to an emergency exit.

In short: You are most likely to survive a crash if you are sitting right next to an exit, or just one row away. Never sit more than five rows away.

Also if you have a choice between a window or aisle seat, choose the aisle… it increases your chance of surviving a crash, no matter how far you are from an exit. An aisle seat gives you the most mobility and the most options.

Of course, there are other things you can do to dramatically increase your chances of surviving a plane crash.

Lifesaving Fact No. 1: The “Plus 3/Minus 8 Rule.”

Airlines teach this to flight attendants. The rule says the most dangerous times of any flight are in the first three minutes after takeoff and the last eight before landing.

Be alert. Have your shoes on, your headphones off, and a clear path to the aisle and nearest exit.

Lifesaving Fact No. 2: You have no more than 60 seconds to put on your oxygen mask.

Most people believe you have several minutes to put on an oxygen mask if your plane loses pressure at high altitude. But the reality is, you’ve got less than a minute before you pass out. That’s why they tell you to put on your mask before assisting others. You won’t be able to help anyone if you are unconscious.

Lifesaving Fact No. 3: You have 90 seconds to escape a crashed plane.

In fatal airplane crashes, most people survive the initial impact. It’s the subsequent fire and smoke that kills them. Most people think they’ve got around 30 minutes to evacuate a burning plane. But the truth is, you’ve got an average of about 90 seconds. Leave your carry-on luggage behind, no matter what you are hauling.

Remember, you can dramatically increase your chances of surviving even a severe plane crash by understanding a few simple facts… and making a few changes in your behavior.


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