|Quoting SNBru (reply 21):|
I once heard that the safest spot was at the restroom!
Well, if you were about to crash perhaps you would NEED the restroom.
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Again, it is a big crapshoot. There are things you can do for yourself but there is also the luck factor.
Most people killed in plane crashes succumb to one of three things.
1. Decelerative forces.
2. Loss of habitable space
Assuming you have been lucky enough to have survived the impact, your own state of mind is the biggest factor in your survival. People all around you may be shocked into negative panic
and complete inaction. You will not be able to break through to them and get them to move. They are already dead! Push them aside, run over the top of them to get to an exit. If you are unwilling to do this, you are already dead. Blunt truth of it right there.
If you do survive, and others don't - expect some survivor's guilt. Get counseling for it if you want. You did nothing wrong. You survived and that is the real
One huge potential killer is foolish attitudes about plane crashes.
Not listening to the briefing is one stupid thing you can do. You think you know the whole thing verbatim, but not even all flight attendants could actually pass a test on it. I've written the briefings. I've taught the topics. I still shut up and listen. If I'm not gaining new information I use the time to zen
-practice opening the exits, rehearsing my escape routes etc.
|Quoting UsAirways16bwi (reply 16):|
.... i dont think anyone would survive a giant explosion, since most of the time, a plane explodes into a big ball of fire when it crashes. I dont think you are safe anywhere on the plane during a crash. As for sitting near the wing...ehh..i dont think so. if a wing full of fuel blows up, i dont think sitting right next to it would be good.
misconception here - and a dangerous one at that. It leads unavoidably to apathy
if you buy into this.
Airplanes don't explode. You've seen too many movies. I have personally witnessed somewhere around 25 plane crashes. I can only recall two that resulted in a big fire.
In the first place an "explosion" has a specific meaning (the burn rate exceeds the speed of sound in the material burning) and jet fuel spilled on a fire does not explode - it burns. Vast difference.
The post crash fires usually start rather slowly and by the time the news cameras get to the scene they are well underway.
The exception is the fighter jet diving straight into the ground. Well, don't sweat the fireball because decelerative forces and loss of habitable space already killed everyone on board.
You have probably never seen a real-time video of a plane that crashes, catches fire and burns up completely. It takes time, and usually enough time for you to get away if you are able. What you see is the edited version where the camera operator shot brief segments that were later edited together and that creates an illusion of time compression. It doesn't happen that fast. (But don't hang around trying to get your briefcase out of the overhead.)
We are not concerned with the plane that rolls over from thirty five thousand feet and dives into the ground. (When was the last time you heard of that happening?) It is an accident on takeoff or landing that we are most likely to be faced with and these crashes are, in general, survivable.
You may have to work at it, however.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.