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This Is Officially The Safest Part Of The Plane To Sit Incase Of A Crash

By Sarah

February 13, 2018 at 3:59pm


Y'know how people always say it doesn't matter where you sit? Well, they're wrong.

A 2007 study by Popular Mechanics has found that your chances of survival differ quite a lot depending on where exactly in the plane you're sitting when it crashes. Oops. Soz. We mean if it crashes.

First off, deep breaths. The chances of a plane being involved in a fatal accident is now just one in 16 million according senior aviation consultant, Adrian Young.

Relaxed now? Good. Here's where you should be sitting... (Juuuuust incase)

The study examined every commercial jet crash in the United States, since 1971, that had both fatalities and survivors, looking at seating charts and passenger details for survival. 

The "trend was clear: The rear cabin (seats located behind the trailing edge of the wing) had the highest average survival rate at 69 percent. The overwing section had a 56 percent survival rate, as did the coach section ahead of the wing. First/business-class sections (or in all-coach planes, the front 15 percent) had an average survival rate of just 49 percent."

We'll be legging it straight to the back so...

Paying for Ryanair seat selection is looking pretty appealing right now...

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