The plane is the safest means of transport which exists if we take into account the accident rate and the number of deaths that each year occur in air accidents. Go ahead with this statement to make it clear that although the article deals with what the best seat in case of accidentWe are talking about a very unusual eventuality, much less than that which occurs in other means of transport.
And nothing better to reflect it than the statistics it publishes Aviation Safety Network (ASN) in its annual report, where it is noted that in 2019 there were 20 accidents plane fatalities (13 with passengers and 6 on cargo flights) in which a total of 283 people around the world. These figures improve those of 2018, when 556 people died in 12 accidents, although they are still far from the best year since statistics are available, which was in 2017, with 44 deaths in 10 accidents.
The best seats
Once these figures have been noted with the aim of not instilling fear in plane travelers, it should be noted that studies have been carried out to indicate which are the seats where it is easier to suffer less damage in the event of an accident.
Likewise, it should be noted that aircraft seats have very specific characteristics that help to improve security. In fact, they must be able to withstand up to 16 times the force of gravity and must be made of non-combustible fabrics and with a material that does not emit fumes, so that they do not pose an added danger in the event of an accident.
As for where the seats with the lowest accident rate are located, they are those that are in the final part of the planes. That is to say, those that are usually cheaper and those that nobody wants to occupy for the simple fact that there is more noise from the engine and because when disembarking it takes longer to leave the ship.
This statement has been confirmed by two different studies. The first was carried out in 2007 and was investigated by Popular Mechanics magazine, which found that the passengers behind the wings have a 69% chance of survival in the event of an accident. This percentage drops to 56% when we talk about the seats that are in front of the aforementioned wings of the plane, while those that are in the front, only have a 49% chance of staying alive.
Later, in 2015, another study was carried out, this time by Time magazine, and the results were similar: the rear of the airplanes is safer than the front. And it is that compared to 32% of options to die in the last seats we find 38% in the front. But that’s not all, this study also pointed out that seats attached to the aisle they are safer than those that face the window, placing the options of perishing in an accident at 28%. So, if we take these data into account, the best seats to occupy on an airplane in the event of an accident are those in the rear and aisle rows.
Why those results?
Given these statistics, it is worth wondering why the «worst» seats on the plane are the safest. And the explanation is simple: most plane accidents are due to a frontal crash or fall, that is to say, the great part of the blows is produced in the nose due to the simple fact that the ship is moving in that direction. So it is not surprising that the front seats (where business class and first class are located) are the worst in the event of an accident.
An exit near
On the other hand, one of the data that must be taken into account is that the people who are seated near the exit doors they have a better chance of surviving in the event of an accident. Therefore, the seats in the rows that face the emergency exits they are also some of the best. Of course, in this case to occupy them there are a series of requirements that it is essential to fulfill: they cannot have mobility difficulties, they must know the language of the crew and the passenger in general, it is not possible to need a seat belt extension and of course, it is not possible to fly in those seats with a baby. In addition, it will be necessary to help the rest of the passengers and be able to open the emergency door.
So, if we take this into account and add the above, it is best to place yourself in the aisle seats located at the rear but relatively close to an emergency exit or the rear exit if there is one.