Date: 10 Jun 97 00:35:02 From: firstname.lastname@example.org References: 1
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Statistics suggest that there is no "safest" place to sit for crash survivability...however, many of us, in the cabin safety business, like to sit over the wings. Generally a seat in the middle, near the aisle gives you good access to several over wing exits and a shot at the aisle for the other doors as well. The fuselage is stronger at the wing and so may provide some additional protection...on the other hand...there's lots of fuel there as well, and the exits are probably smaller. 'Nother point...there are so few air carrier accidents that statistics are unreliable for the purpose to which the above puts them... Passengers who survive are most often those who are familiar with their suroundings, prepared for the evacuation, and not subjected to significant trauma (blunt force) during the crash sequence. Paying attention to the safety briefings, knowing about safety equipment, and being prepared to take action when necessary are the key ingredients for survival....IMHO!