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Almost 3 billion passengers fly every year and despite recent reports, flying remains the safest way to travel according to statistics. The odd of dying on a commercial airline flight is 1 in 9 million.

But even with that, accidents still happen, and when they do it’s best to be prepared to increase your chance of survival. Also remember that 95% of airplane crashes have survivors and sometimes your survival depends on what you do or you don’t do when the accident happened.

Survive Plane CrashRemember these plane crash survival tips:

1. Wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and sturdy comfortable shoes

– Wear something that is optimized for movement
– Heels are not allowed on evacuation slides as it may puncture it lessening you and other passengers’ chance of survival
– Cotton or wool clothing is less flammable to it’s a good choice of clothing
– If you’re flying over cold areas be prepared for it by carrying jacket

2. Book the right seats

– Where you sit on the plane can mean your survival and it can boil down to how fast you can exit the craft
– Aisle seats are generally preferable
– Seats that are close an exit are also great
– Passengers in the tail of the aircraft have 40% higher survival rates than those in the first few rows

3. Read and learn safety information and listen to pre-flight safety lecture

– Pay attention to the lecture even if you already know everything the flight attendant is going to say, a refresher will never hurt
– Study your location and make sure you know where the door is
– Make sure you know how to open the exit door

4. Don’t panic and make a plan

– Planes don’t crash instantly, so you will have a several minutes to prepare before impact. Take this time to think of what you will do
– Check where the exits are and count the number of seats between your chair and the exit so you’ll know where you at even if you can’t see (in case of thick smoke engulfing the plane)
– Customize your preparation based on where the plane will crash (water, land etc)

5. Secure your seat belt fastened at all times

– Keep your seat belt fastened at all times so even when the plane crashes while you’re sleeping you will have an improved chance of survival
– Keep your seat belt tight to reduce G-force, every inch counts
– Sit the right way and make sure the seat belt is tighten to your pelvis not your stomach

6. Prepare for impact

– Assume the brace position when needed, you can practice it too pre-flight
– Check the more detailed explanation at the end of this article

7. Remain calm at all times

– Keeping your head cool will increase your chance of survival tenfold
– You have a chance to survive even in the worst wreck, so-called miracles do happen

8. Put your oxygen mask first before helping others

– If the cabin integrity is compromised you only have 15 seconds to start breathing via oxygen mask, without it you will pass out and be unconscious
– That 15 seconds mark is severely reduced if you have a health condition (heart disease)
– Help yourself first before you help others

9. Protect yourself from smoke at all cost

– Inhaling smoke accounts for a huge percentage of plane crash fatalities
– Smoke in a plane fire is usually thick and highly toxic due to the materials in the craft’s interior
– Cover your nose and mount and do not breath the smoke
– You can use your cloth to cover your mouth and nose area
– When you can moisten the cloth and use it to breath

10. Get away from the craft as fast as possible

– Exit the plane as fast as you can
– Follow flight attendants’ post-crash instruction, they know what they are doing and saying
– Be calm and cooperate with others to increase your chance of survival
– Forget your belongings, coming back or staying in the plane to get them will likely get you killed
– Choose a safe exit by checking it via plane’s window, avoid an exit with smoke or fire

11. Go at least 500 feet or 153 meters upwind away from the wreckage

– Don’t be too close to the wreckage as fire or explosion can happen any time
– If the crash site is an open water, swim as far away from the wreckage as possible