"I think the improvements in airline safety are going to come in small increments. We have a number of design issues, such as the rudder, turbine engines that are exploding, and other things that are very complicated to deal with. I think the industry just needs to keep attacking at all fronts. That's our perspective." -Clark Rupp, NTSB Director, interview with John Clark
There are certain statistics showing that around 80% of plane crashes are not fatal but end up with death due to passengers not knowing the proper course of action to take. While there is always a short safety presentation at the start of each flight, not all passengers know what to do still. Certain tips may be able to save lives and prevent unnecessary injuries if a plane crash should ever occur.
By paying attention to what the flight attendants say can save you or another passenger's life in the event of a plane crash. In addition, there is always a flight manual outlining the safety guidelines of the aircraft that you should review.
During the flight attendant's safety presentation the exits will be pointed out, along as shown in the manual. Knowing this will allow a passenger to quickly exist the airplane in the event of a plane crash. Hesitation can lead to injuries and fatalities. Knowing how to operate the emergency doors is also very important. If you are seated next to an emergency exit you will be asked if you are comfortable with having the responsibility.
There are a few other airplane safety precautions that can help plane crash survivability. The airplane seats that are most desirable in instances of a plane crash, in most circumstances, are the exit, aisle, and wing exit seats. Appropriate dress measures can be taken as well. Avoiding synthetic materials can prevent the clothing from melting under high heats and burning your skin.