Accidents on Planes Are Most Likely Occur at These Times During Your Flight
Accidents happen. They are part of life. But on planes, accidents can be deadly. Although, the chances of dying on a plane are statistically low. You have a 1 in 9,821 chance of dying from air and space transport, according to the National Safety Council. Keep reading to find out when accidents are most likely to occur on a flight.
Boeing conducts a study on accidents
Boeing analyzes accidents from 2007 to 2016. Here’s what Boeing considers accidents: The airplane sustains substantial damage, the airplane is missing/inaccessible, and death or serious injury as a result of being in the airplane, direct contact with the plane, and direct exposure to jet blast. Hostile action, such as hijacking, terrorism, and sabotage aren’t considered accidents.
Hint: Boeing finds this time during the flight to be the most accident-prone.
The landing is when most accidents happen
Over the course of the nine year study, Boeing determines 48 percent of all fatal accidents occur during a flight’s final descent and landing. So, being nervous for the landing during a flight is justified. After all, the final descent and landing account for 46 percent of all onboard fatalities, according to the study.
Hint: The beginning of the flight is crucial.
Takeoff is crucial
Getting off the ground is crucial during a flight. Takeoff and the initial climb is the second most accident prone time during a flight, according to Boeing’s study. Of the accidents occurring during the takeoff and climb, only 6 percent of accidents result in fatalities of those onboard.
Hint: Be aware of your surroundings.
Plus three/minus eight rule
Author of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life, Ben Sherwood, discusses surviving a plane crash with Time. The first three minutes of a flight and the last eight are known as the plus three/minus eight rule, according to Sherwood. During these times is when research shows 80 percent of accidents occur. “You should really be paying attention, because you actually can survive a plane crash,” Sherwood says.
Hint: Know where the exit is located.
Don’t ignore the safety video
Sherwood discusses the work of professor Ed Galea, who analyzes seating charts of plane crashes and interviews survivors. Sherwood explains Galea’s findings to Time. “The people who are most likely to survive a plane crash are people who are sitting right next to the exit row or one row away,” Sherwood says. Make a habit of knowing where the nearest exit is to you on a plane. Don’t simply ignore the flight attendant or safety video telling you about the exits.
Hint: Following this rule could save your life.
The five-row rule
Sherwood also highlights the importance of being near an exit row. The people who are most likely to survive a plane crash are the ones sitting next to the exit row or one row away. However, there is some leeway. Being five rows away can increase your chances of survival. “Beyond a five-row cutoff from the exit, your chances, in his [Galea’s] view, are greatly reduced,” Sherwood says.
Hint: This is the safest seat on an airplane.
Improve your safety by sitting in this seat
Be the safest person on the plane by sitting in this seat. The safest seat on any plane is a middle seat in the back, according to a report created by Time using the FAA’s Accident Database. The fatality rate for seats in the back third of a plane is 32 percent while the middle third comes in at 39 percent and 38 percent in the front third.
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