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Safest Seat????????

Mon Apr 05, 1999 2:06 am

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

RE: Safest Seat?

Mon Apr 05, 1999 4:38 am

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!!!

RE: Safest Seat?

Mon Apr 05, 1999 7:56 am

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....

RE: Safest Seat?

Mon Apr 05, 1999 7:58 am

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.
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RE: Safest Seat?

Mon Apr 05, 1999 8:40 am

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!).
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RE: Safest Seat?

Mon Apr 05, 1999 2:05 pm

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.

RE: Safest Seat??

Mon Apr 05, 1999 4:59 pm

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

RE: Safest Seat?

Tue Apr 06, 1999 9:45 am

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.

RE: Safest Seat?

Wed Apr 07, 1999 5:58 am

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!!!
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RE: Safest Seat?

Thu May 13, 1999 10:41 am

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??
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RE: Safest Seat?

Fri May 14, 1999 12:23 am

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

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