For weeks, families have had questions about their missing loved ones who were on the Malaysian flight. Officials are now saying the missing plane crashed at sea, and none survived.
There are still many unanswered questions. For one, the “debris” hasn’t been confirmed that is from the missing plane MH370. We are also wondering, if the plane was going to China, why in the world would they change course all the way down toward the Indian Ocean?
We discovered some great tips to help you survive a plane crash, should you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
Statistically, it probably won’t happen to you. Your chances of dying in a plane crash are one in 11 million, according to LiveScience, and is still considered one of the safest ways to travel.
A good rule of thumb is to remember the “plus three, minus eight” rule. 80% of all airplane crashes happen within the first three minutes after takeoff or in the last eight minutes before landing.
Here are other tips from JSOnline:
- Sit as close to the exit as possible. One researcher told ABC that survivors move an average of five rows before they safely exit a burning plane. Getting out fast is crucial.
- Seats in the rear of a plane are safer. So are aisle seats.
- If a plane nose-dives, the first rows are likely to be hit the most. A British documentary showed the first 11 rows (first class) were ripped away when a test plane made a nose-dive into the desert. Everyone else had a 78% chance of survival.
- Larger aircraft are safer, according to Airsafe’s list of fatal airline passenger events by aircraft model.
- Think about what you’ll do in case of an emergency so you are prepared in case one happens.
- Brace upon impact. It increases your likelihood of surviving. If you sit upright, you can be hit by debris. Keep your hands stacked over the other (to protect at least one hand so you can unbuckle your seatbelt later.)
All that really matters is that there are families grieving right now. May they find peace in the days ahead. We send our prayers to the families.