While it might seem like surviving a plane crash is an unlikely feat, it turns out that 95 percent of aviation crashes are survivable – but there are a few things you can do to increase your odds of walking out alive.
Just last week, 20 people were able to walk away from a plane which burst into flames just outside of Houston, Texas, with just two passengers needing medical assistance.
But, what should you do if you ever find yourself in the situation of an aeroplane crash? Well, according to one pilot there’s a number of things that every passenger should do on every flight, to ensure they’re prepared for such an occasion.
Boeing 737 captain Dave Inch shared all of his tips for preparing for a crash landing on information sharing site Quora, including what to wear.
“Remove everything sharp from your pockets, loosen your belt and remove your tie or scarf and remove high heeled shoes,” he wrote.
“Take glasses off for landing so they don’t fly off and are available to help you see your way out if you need them.”
The captain also explained that passengers should remain in their seats until they receive instructions from a flight attendant and they should not open any doors or windows unless told to do so.
“Have a piece of cloth (preferably damp) to assist in breathing if there is smoke – if there is smoke during evacuation, stay as low as possible,” he continued.
“If [it’s] a water landing, do not inflate your life vest until you are at the doorway – if you inflate it and the aircraft fills with water, you will get trapped on the ceiling and not be able to swim underwater to get out.”