The Safest Seat on a Plane?

Despite the fact that you are in more danger in the car on the way to the airport, many people still have a fear of flying. If you are concerned but would rather not spend 3 months at sea to get to your holiday destination a recent Time study might bring you some comfort when it comes to choosing your seat.

The study involved going through FAA’s Aircraft Accident Database from the last 35 years to define the spots on aircraft with relatively lower mortality rates in the event of an accident.
The research found that the back of the plane is actually the place to be with seats in the back third of the plane scoring a 32% fatality rate compared with 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third.
And if you want to get really picky with it the study also found that there was a difference between centre seats and isle seats with the middle seats in the rear of the aircraft achieving the best outcomes (28% fatality rate) and the aisle seats in the middle third of the cabin achieving the worst results. (44% fatality rate).

Other safe spots are the two rows closest to the emergency exit which researchers put down to being able to make a quick escape of course.
Just to recap though, the odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 8,000 whereas the odds of being killed in a car accident are 1 in 112.


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