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Safest Seat????????  
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 918 times:

What section of the a/c has been engineered to be the safest place for passengers to sit? Where have most survivors been sitting?

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User currently offlineFAUnited7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 920 times:

Here are my thoughts. Kids who don't wanna hear about crashes, turn away now!



The front is not safe. Many planes have made crashes where they do a staright away to the Earth such as USAir flight 427, and lots of others.



Other crashes have landed backwards, or "butt first" such as United Airlines 232 where the back broke off and caugh fire.



So the safest place seems to be the section over the wing. And it also help to be there because of the window emergancy exit. Hope this helps!!!


User currently offlineDaz-777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 919 times:

as long as the plane dont hit the ground at 500mph......mind you JAL 123 4 people survived hitting at high speeds.....they were seated around the rear of the aircraft........suppose its luck really....

User currently offlineBC. From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 918 times:

No one part of a civilian aircraft is designed to be safer for a pax than another, the whole point being that one should avoid having a crash in the first place. But coming to the issue what part of a civilian aircraft remains the most intact when a aircraft impacts with the ground. Normally it found to be the tail section, therefore the reasoning flight data and voice recorders are placed there. As FAUnited said the front isn't safe normally because this the first part of the aircraft to come in contact with the ground, quite funny really when you consider where most first sections are.

User currently offlineFirstClass From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 918 times:

Geez, what about if the engines were on the wings? If there is a crash, I'm sure it will be spitting shrapnel and will make getting out of center area quite dangerous.

Now, if the engines were in the rear, THAT part of the plane is not the safest part of the plane to be, especially in a crash! As someone mentioned, the Sioux City UAL crash hit the rear first with No. 2 engine on top. That part of the plane was really lucky since there was no fuel on that part of the engine. However, the Delta crashes in Dallas(the L-1011 and 727), the pax weren't so lucky with engine No. 2(engine 1, 2, and 3 on the 727!).


User currently offlineBryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 918 times:

I've heard some experts say that the safest general place to sit on the plane is either in the very back or over the wing.

On a survivable crash, the back usually takes less of the impact force than the rest of the plane. Obviously the wings are the strongest parts of the plane, so the fuselage around them takes more force to crush than other areas.


User currently offlineDC-10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 918 times:

I think sitting over the wing is the safest, it has the wing box and is a very solid structure, as the wings and landing gear are attached to this area....It really holds together in the event of a crash

User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 918 times:

What about all of the fuel in the wing? I would think that that would be the first part of the plane to catch fire on impact.

User currently offlineFAUnited7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 918 times:

That may be, but it seems that with UA232 only caught fire in the back and some in the front wich eventrually speaad to the middle. Think about what I said, about which part hits first! Well anyway, facts show that where most people survive, which was the question. Hope this helps!!!

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 918 times:

This is a hard question. But I'd rather be in the middle, or back. It seems like most planes hit nose first. Around the wing is safe too, but what happens if a spark ignites the fuel??

User currently offlineGE90 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 919 times:

I think it'd be in the toilet??...

User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 919 times:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH :)

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