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How to survive a plane crash

The odds of being killed on a single airline flight are one in 4.7 million.

2. Your seat
2. Your seat
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The safest place to sit on a plane is behind the wings.

A Popular Mechanics study of 20 commercial jet crashes with both fatalities and survivors found that passengers seated in the rear cabin (behind the wings) had a 69 percent chance of survival, compared with just 49 percent for those in first class.

But you don’t have to sacrifice leg room for safety’s sake: exit rows are perhaps the safest place to sit on the whole plane.

In the event of an evacuation, the closer you are to an exit, the higher the chance you’ll escape unscathed.

No, you’re not imagining it - airplane seats really are getting smaller.



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