Aviation accidents don’t happen nearly as often as car accidents — but they do happen. The most horrific ones make it into the news.
But many airplane accidents are not as serious. Believe it or not, the United States National Transportation Safety Board says that 95.7% of people involved in an airplane accident will survive their ordeals.
To better be equipped in the event that you’re involved in an airplane accident, here are some tips from the pros to remember when flying:
- Dress for the flight. Experts say that you should skip the comfy, baggy clothes and wear something tight-fitting, with sleeves. Tight-fitting clothes are less likely to catch on anything and will better protect your skin.
- Sit near an emergency exit. If you’re able to choose your seat, sitting near an emergency exit can increase your odds of getting out of the plane safely when it comes to a stop. The closer you are, the less space you have to navigate to escape.
- Don’t tuck your feet. If you’re in the habit of tucking your feet under you, put a small carry-on bag under your seat to stop yourself. If your feet are under the seat when there’s an accident, you could get broken ankles or legs that would make it harder for you to help yourself.
- If you have warning, brace yourself. Contrary to popular opinion, trying to stay loose when you’re about to be in a wreck won’t help you. Instead, try to make yourself as compact as possible before impact.
Finally, pay attention the safety demonstrations when you’re taking a flight — even if you’re taking a private plane somewhere instead of flying commercial. They could save your life.
If you or your loved one was involved in an airplane accident that was caused by some defect, find out more about your legal options.