Get in, fly off – and crash: Many people are afraid of it. Compared to car accident statistics, the number of plane crashes is extremely low. But which seat has the greatest chance of survival in an emergency?
In front, behind or in the middle? The probability of being killed in a plane crash is just 0.000012 percent. And indeed, every seat on an aircraft is safe – or unsafe, depending on your perspective.
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The tail may be safer
Because planes crash so rarely, there are no representative statistics that could prove which part of the aircraft is most likely to be damaged.
However, the American author David Nolan has evaluated several aircraft accidents and found the safest seat in his eyes based on the results. He believes that if you sit in the back of the plane, the chances of survival in a disaster are forty percent higher. Jets wouldn’t bounce backwards with their tails, Nolan said.
The greatest damage would be caused by a crash on the bow, i.e. in the front part of the aircraft. However, many people also believe that a place near an emergency exit is the safest, as the escape route to the outside is not so far.
Still others claim that the best seats are in the bow at the front, where the crew is located – after all, the flight attendants would be where the chances of survival in a crash are greatest.
The fact is that where the best place on an airplane is is difficult to determine. Almost every crash takes place differently. Whether in front, back or in the middle, there is no scientific evidence that one place is safer – or even more uncertain – than another.