Charles W. Bryant, Staff Writer

hsw 2009

How to Survive a Plane Crash: Author's Note

I have a lot of issues with air travel, but none of them involve dying in a plane crash. I'm one of the people who takes solace in the fact that you're much more likely to die in a car than in a passenger jet. But there are other people who have a very real, sometimes debilitating, fear of flying. When writing this article, I had those people in mind. Maybe learning some facts about plane crashes and how you could increase your chances of survival could help ease a few fears. For instance, while officials won't go on record for saying one seat is any safer than the next, research shows that sitting in the rear of the plane gives you a 40 percent higher chance of surviving a plane crash than sitting with those lucky folks in first class. Remember that next time you're stuck beside the rear lavatory.

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