Crash survivability and seat position

Date:         23 May 97 09:03:31 
From:         jfmezei <"[nospam]jfmezei">
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There are a few publications which state that one should sit at the
back of a plane to increase one's odds of surviving a crash.

Is this based on urban legend ?
Is this based on statistics for a certain type of aircraft ?
Is this only for a certain type of accident ?
Is this based on scientific studies of aircraft structures ?

Or is this actually true for all types of aircraft and all types of
crashes ?

Would the very end of the plane be safer than sitting just behind the
wings ?