Fit People Have a Better Chance of Surviving a Plane Crash

That may sound like a stupid thing to say, it's obvious the fitter you are the more capable you are surviving injury. There have been exhaustive tests done by both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA trying to improve the survival rate in airplane crashes.

The average plane crash is not what we see in the movies where a plane plummets from 30, 000 feet landing with a bang and wiping everyone and everything out. The NTSB say that the current survival rate of airplane crashes is 95.7%. They go one to mention that serious plane crashes with fire and serious damage has a survival rate of 76.6%.

The extensive research and tests done by the NTSB and the FAA show 40% of airplane crash fatalities were survivable if passengers had taken proper action. The rigorous studies done by the FAA crunched complicated numbers related to airplane crash survivors and tested over 2,500 people in separate simulated evacuations, all show what type of person will probably survive a plane crash.

The results of this expensive research were rather obvious from the beginning. The best chance of surviving a plane crash is if you are a young and slender male. Fat old women have the worst chance. The results also showed that a person's age, gender and their girth measurement will give a 32% increased chance of surviving a plane crash.

For what it worth, if you are out of shape and not fit at all you will be putting other potential survivors at risk as well. Hold-ups because you can't get out of your seat fast enough to evacuate in time can affect everyone.

You might find it useful to know that according to the FAA investigations mentioned above, a larger plane will have better energy absorption during a crash, meaning less deadly force on impact, equals a better survival rate. The bottom line is that fit people DO have a better chance of surviving a plane crash.

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