Tips on surviving plane crashes

Jessica Janner

Tips on surviving plane crashes

CREATED Jul. 8, 2013

(KTNV) -- After seeing the images from the plane crash in San Francisco this weekend, it is hard to imagine how most of the passengers survived.

But, the survival rate in U.S. plane crashes is actually pretty high. According to the NTSB, 96 percent of passengers survive.

Experts say that passengers at the rear of the aircraft are generally safer.

Tips from the Federal Aviation Administration include sitting within five rows of an exit, make a mental note of the exits, sit on the aisle, and don't sleep during takeoff and landing.

Also, make sure to read the safety cards.

According to NTSB, 76 percent of passengers survive even the most serious of crashes.

The crash in San Francisco was slightly unusual because the plane belly flopped tail first. The two passengers that died were seated near the back.

Still, statistics show that the chances of dying on a flight in the United States is about one in 14 million.

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