The funny thing about expert opinions: They're not really based on hard data about actual airline accidents. A look at real-world crash stats, however, suggests that the farther back you sit, the better your odds of survival. Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front. Let's take a look at the statistics more closely.
Statistically, you are less likely to die in a scheduled flight than when you're cycling or traveling on a train.
But you can never be too sure, can you?
Maybe another question can be added. Probably the most striking one: "If an accident happens on an aircraft, which seat will have a higher chance of survival?"
Should I sit inn the front or in the back? Or should I be near the wings?
It is obvious that you need more than the seat position to be able to get out of a pile of iron that hits the ground from miles above. Still, the science of statistics certainly points to something.
For example, we can lend our ears to Popular Mechanics, which analyzed NTSB's data in 2007.
In this study, the data of all the planes that had crashed since 1971 were examined and the following conclusion was drawn:
A second survey was conducted in 2015. Time magazine put the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) data for 35 years on the table and got similar results.
Nevertheless, it should be not forgotten that "every accident is different," says the FAA spokesman Alison Duquette.