If A Plane's About To Go Down Which Seat Should You Be Sitting In To Be Safe?


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?


Often, when choosing our seat, we think of "which side will the sun be on?'' or ''to which seat will the meal come first? which seat will be faster to leave after landing or which one will be faster to leave after boarding?"

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?


This is an Airbus A330 seating plan.

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.


Yes, perhaps the NTSB doesn't have any data for 'safest seats,' but independent investigations can tell us 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:

The survival rate of those sitting on the back side of the plane was 69% while those sitting in the middle region were 56%. The front was 49%.

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.

In this 'death rate' survey, it can be seen that the safest spot is the middle seats in the back, which is a small area.

Nevertheless, it should be not forgotten that "every accident is different," says the FAA spokesman Alison Duquette.


That's why you don't need to drown in fear of death if your ticket is in the middle or front row.

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