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How To Survive A Plane Crash!? – Myths Debunked

How To Survive A Plane Crash!? – Myths Debunked


Eight million of us take to the skies every single day, with the annual total recently pushing past three billion mark, and in our lifetime we are each likely to spend an average of 12 days in the air. And even though the odds of a plane crash are one for every 1.2 million flights. Around 30% of us still suffer anxiety when it comes to flying. Maybe that’s because, even though the odds are incredibly low there have been over 23,000 crashes since the dawn of aviation. The last decade alone has seen a total of 1770 plane crashes which resulted in over 11,000 fatalities. So are Airlines doing all they can keep to you safe, or when the unthinkable happens and your plane begins plummeting towards the ground are they doing quite the opposite. I’m Stu, this is Debunked and we’re here to sort the truths from the myths and the facts from the misconceptions. Google brace position and you’ll be flooded with results around the idea that it’s designed to either kill or at the very least to preserve passengers teeth to identify their remains. So why has this become a popular theory? And how is it supposed to work? It’s proposed that in the event of a crash the brace position is designed to kill you for breaking your neck and back on impact with the seat in front of you. Why would the airlines want to do this? Well if you die in a plane crash, the airline will most likely have to pay out for a wrongful death lawsuit. However if you survive having sustained multiple injuries, then the airline is faced with a hefty compensation payout and future disability claims. Now unnervingly this is where fact comes into play, it is cheaper for an airline to let you die by wrongful death rather than help you survive a plane crash and pay you compensation, because a wrongful death law suit is shockingly calculated at 3 – 40 million dollars less than the average visibility play out. There are no confirmed cases, that airlines have ever capitalize on this but history has shown that big business has chosen financial benefit over custom safety before. Let me take you back to the 1970s and the Ford Pinto controversy. Commercial: “The economical little Pinto at your local Ford dealer” The Ford Pinto had a serious fault and the manufacturers weighed up the cost of modifying its design to make them safe it was estimated that the subsequent product recall and changes would cost 113 million dollars, on the other hand potential damage payout if accidents occurred due to this faulty design, were calculated at 43 million dollars. AMAZINGLY Ford opted not to make its cars safe. This resulted in between 27 and 180 fatalities. So we know that financial gain can be the preferred option for big business. But before we go any further let’s look at the science behind the brace position itself and see what evidence there is to prove it really works. Officially designed to protect passengers and offer them the best chance of survival during a plane crash, the brace position as we currently know it, was introduced after the Kegworth Air Disaster in 1989, this was a plane crash involving 118 passengers, there were 47 fatalities, and of the 79 survivors, 74 had serious injury. An investigation into this crash discovered that the recommended brace position at the time may have actually led to some of the injuries the passangers suffered during the crash. The traditional brace position for those in economy, caused the passengers legs, arms, and torso to flail around after the initial impact, causinging multiple fractures. After the keg with a disaster the brace position was updated and the FAA released new instructions in 1994. This version, the one you may currently recognize, advises passengers to position their head and arms on the seat or bulkhead in front of them, and the passengers feet should be placed flat on the floor and slightly in front of the edge of the seat. This aimed to make it more effective at saving lives and reducing injuries, by minimizing the movement your body will endure during and after the initial impact. Since then there have been multiple accounts where the brace position has been credited for saving passengers lives and minimizing their injuries. The most recent evidence comes from the ‘2012 Boeing 727 Crash Experiment’, in this an unmanned plane with deliberately crashed into a desert in Mexico, with crash test dummies set in three different positions. 1, in the brace position with the seat belt fastened. 2, with just a seat belt fastened 3, without a seat belt and not in the brace position. The results found that the dummy with neither its belt fastened, nor in the brace position would have certainly perished in the crash, no surprises there. The dummy with just it’s seat belt fastened would have survived but with significant injuries. But the dummy wearing a seatbelt and adopting the brace position would have certainly survived. This has most recently been demonstrated during the famous miracle on the Hudson plane crash in 2009, where there was a 100% survival rate, as well as due to the heroics of Captain Sullenberg, the lack of fatalities has also been attributed to the use of the brace position. An even better example from the flight safety foundation, cites a crash where all passengers were either sleeping or reading, they had no warning of the impending impact, except one sixteen-year-old he woke, looked out of the window, saw they were about to crash, and adopted the brace position. He was the only survivor. There is evidence of numerous other cases that back up the positive use of the brace position, but if that doesn’t convince you then the stats speak for themselves. A study looking at commercial aviation between 1983 in 2000 showed there were 568 plane crashes in the US alone, these involve a total of 53487 people on board and of these 51207 people survived. That’s 95%. If the brace position was designed to kill, then that survival rate will be significantly lower. If you want to be among that nice 95% it is probably in your best interest to adopt the brace position. Each airline and safety organization has a slight variance on the brace position, but try to remember these 3 basic things: 1. lean forward and get your torso as low as possible, in economy or coach ensure your forearms and head are touching the seat in front of you, and make sure your seatbelt is fastened securely, this prevents your body jackknifing forward and striking the seat in front, OR your body flailing around and colliding with other parts of the plane. 2. Protect your head place your hands behind your head without interlocking fingers and ensure your forearms protect the sides of your face, in the Kegworth air crash many passengers were killed by luggage that fell from overhead compartments. Place any loose luggage under the seat in front of you and have your feet flat firmly on the floor, this prevents your legs jolting forward into the base of the seat in front, crushing your shins and breaking your legs, inhibiting you from escaping the aircraft. And you might want to consider where you sit on the plane, manufacturers Boeing, and the U.S Aviation Administration say that one seat is as safe as another. But a study by Popular Mechanics Magazine found that 45% of plane crash survivors were sat at the front of the plane, while 56% survived over the wing, but records show your most likely to survive at the rear of the plane with 69% of passengers walked away. So I guess, it doesn’t always pay to go first class.

100 thoughts on “How To Survive A Plane Crash!? – Myths Debunked”

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  2. what was the old brace position before the British Midland flight. He said the recommended brace position at that time may have led to injuries but he doesn't say WHAT that position was.

  3. So I’m going on a trip to the Philippines and it takes about 24 hours flight in total. Sweden to London, London to Korea and then Korea to the Philippines.
    I’m frightened.

  4. Glad to see such a good video and thanks for the effort u have put into making it. I work as flight attendant and often people literally don't care at all about the demo we do totally ignoring that is a key for they survival if something may happen. It is true it is unlikely to crash with planes nowadays but we all need to know what to do to prevent loss of our own life in those unfortunate events. Really thanks for this well detailed video ❤

  5. 560 odd crashes and 53,000 passengers involved. Do your math properly. If this wasn't a facts or debunk video I wouldn't have bothered. Approximately around 900 passengers per flight. What planes are you using??? 2 Boeing 380 attached to each other in a single flight??

  6. How To Survive a Plane Crash:

    1) DO NOT ever fly on a plane
    2) DO NOT be on the ground in place a plane falls from the sky

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  7. I have always been afraid of planes, not even heights! I would jump out of a one pilot helicopter and try to land on a car on on highway with a parachute if I could, but, 9/11 and other plane incidents have thought me that there could be terrorists and other bad people that might try to hurt or kill you. This video helped a lot with my fear, thank you.

  8. I've watched a few of your videos and subscribed; the content from the subject to script to visuals are all top notch. But I expected more from this video. I thought there would be some discussion of water landings or navigating a crash to exit it. This was limited to exploring what happens before impact and what to do in the time before to try to survive, but nothing after. I'd have been as interested to see this video if it had been titled in a way that reflected the more narrow scope. Something about the brace position controversy. "Will the Brace Position Save You?" And though it sounds sensational, you really follow though so it's not even clickbaity. I liked the video, I just wish it had gone farther. You have my sub, but I was just disappointed in the scope of the subject.

  9. First Class is supposed to be a "fancy" sort of way to fly on a plane, but it's not the best in a life or death situation such as this.

  10. I think there should be two pillows below each seats in airplane!cause we should keep 1 back and 1 front when the airplane is about to crash!

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  12. 4:45 pretty sure everyone in the cockpit including people in the first few rows of the plane would meet their end no matter the position..

  13. So your saying that companies are willing to let me die, just to make an extra buck.

  14. Good video, thanks. Also, the added bonus of finding yet another reason, to HATE FORD Motor Company was worth it.

  15. I can't seem to find any info on this: what do you do during a plane crash when you have a child? Especially if they're a lap child?

  16. I'll keep these tips in mind the next time I go on a plane TvT but I'm afraid of heights because of…reasons

  17. When it was my first time it's the only time I ever feared flying and then from that point we never went flying because we never have the time and Mom had to work this year

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  19. The Rear Of The Plane Is A 69% Chance Of Survival Middle Is A 56% Survival The Front Of The Plane Is A 49% Survival Chance

  20. If you see anything getting closer except a runway, do the brace position, if not, you may die, let’s say you were in a seat and the plane got closer to the road, it crashes and they did not have time to say brace, but you braced cause you listened to this comment, so you live.

  21. this information is only useful if the plane hits the ground at a relatively low speed and shallow attack angle (such as a departure stall, a ryanair landing or an off field landing.etc)

    inflight structural failure however, well you're fucked no matter what, in fact you would be better off not wearing a seatbelt in the event of an inflight structural failure because then you would be thrown clear of the aircraft and would have better control of where you land (you would probably survive a fall from FL370 if you manage to aim for and successfully land in deep snow or trees since you will decelerate much slower than hitting concrete or water)

    and as for hitting buildings, mountains or hitting the ground while the plane is inverted or banked at a steep angle, no seat or brace position will save you from that either

  22. Ok so my opinion on the Ford Pinto accidents.
    First thing i assume is that the fuel tank was in the back of it's chassis and due to impact, the hitting car damages the fuel tank enough for it to explode.
    Second thought is that it has a lightweight chassi which is banned in most states due to accidents. So if the fuel tank is in the back of the car (which some cars nowadays still do) and due to the lightweight chassi, metal parts from the chassi "react" with the fuel which causes a fire and a possible explosion.
    Third thought is simple but not quite fitting in my head.
    I'm assuming that the cars engine is in the back of the car which when hit simply causes an explosion. But it doesn't fit because back in the day car engines were heavy which would've caused wheelies.
    And don't reply to me saying "Oh you just looked at the video and copied what he said." No no. This is my first time watching the video so…

  23. Perhaps the brace position is simply a better ending than trying to survive the subsequent fireball that might engulfs a fair percentage of crash victims.

  24. The whole bit about how airlines might be trying to kill passengers rather than save/injure them falls apart when you realize that a majority of safety protocols and the such are implemented and enforced by the FAA, not individual airlines (In the US and any airline that fly's to/from the US). Sure airlines might have variations on certain protocols but they're all required to meet a certain standard set by the FAA. Even if they wanted to purposely kill passengers to avoid a payout they wouldn't be able to, or at least wouldn't get away with it for long. The FAA has zero tolerance for that kind of stuff.

  25. Imagine your plain breakdown in mid air and you are falling down. You found something in the air and just before you hit the ground u jump of it? Could that be possible 😂

  26. I have a question what if you put the life vest under the seat behind,on or in front of your neck? Could this give you a better survival rate? Since some of the vest would absorb the impact not much but anything helps right?

  27. I’m only 14 year old I’m going trip on New Mexico on Oct 14 2019 and why that i not want die! I want survive in back plane

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  29. How to Survive a Plane Crash:
    Step 1: NEVER get on any aircraft that is transporting Jeffrey Epstein to testify against the Clintons & other high ranking Democrats.

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