How To Prepare For a hard Landing
Being involved in an airplane crash is an idea that is so fantastic to most people that they don’t ever see the need to prepare for such an incident. But, there are not many people that ever know that they will be involved in a plane crash, so everyone can benefit from learning how to prepare for the landing to increase chances of survival and maybe even limit your personal injuries. Two thirds of the people involved in plane crashes survive, and it’s said that the remaining percentage would likely survive too, if only they knew how to prepare for a landing as well as what to do in the event that there is smoke and fire filling the aircraft.
If the pilot and/or flight crew has told you that a crash is inevitable there are actions that you can take to give yourself a better chance of survival.
• You’ll want to be sure that your seatbelt is fastened and is pulled as tightly as possible. Your seatbelt is the best way to secure your body as the plane makes that initial contact with the ground or water, which can cause a lot of injury if you are not fastened into your seat.
• If you haven’t already located them, figure out where the emergency exits are. There is typically more than one, so figure out which one is closest and make that your priority and then prioritize other exits if your first choice is not functioning. Mentally plan your route to each of these emergency exits. Studies of survivors have shown that those who survive almost always have had an escape plan in their mind, and when the plane stops moving they immediately put that plan into action. If you have the time and the ability, quickly read over the data sheet located in the seat pocket in front of you as your chances for survival multiply times three if you have read this information.
• Remove any sharp objects such as pens, pencils, and eyeglasses from your person. High-heeled shoes and hair clips are also items that you’ll want to remove as they can cause injury if your body makes contact with anything else.
• As much as you may balk at this idea, it’s a good idea to empty your bladder as the plane is going down. This usually cannot involve you getting up and using the restroom, so this might not be the most pleasant experience. But, crashing with an empty bladder will help limit the chances of internal injury.
• If smoke masks are not made available, you’ll want to find a piece of fabric that you can moisten and hold over your face if the cabin fills with smoke after impact. Items that may be useful for this are a handkerchief, a shirt, or even a headrest. Water or ice can quickly moisten the fabric, but if you’re left without any other method of moisture, your urine is a handy alternative. Remember, this might not seem ideal as you are reading this, but in a case of a plane crash, you do what is necessary.
• If you have the opportunity, tie a sweater around your waist so when you do exit the plane you’ll be able to stay warm, if applicable. Also, remove medications you might need from your carry on luggage and place them in your pockets so that you’ll have necessary medications when you exit the plane. This isn’t necessary if the medications are not necessary.
• Finally, you’ll want to brace yourself for impact. You’ll want to be sure that your head is covered. A pillow emptied soft-sided bag, seat cushion, or the like will work well to protect your head and face. Now, you’ll cross your arms over your calves and grab your ankles. This position will help you from moving about or being impacted in a way that can seriously injure you.
When the plane comes to a stop, now it’s time for your plan to become a reality. Many passengers will sit in a stunned state, flight attendants may do the same, so do not wait for direction. Make your way through the aisle or over the seats to the nearest exit. You’ll know you are there when the aisle lights are red. Quickly look out the window and if there is no fire, go ahead and open the door. If there is fire, quickly make your way to the other side of the plane and look for fire there, if there is no fire, go out there.
Remember to keep your head down, but don’t get on the floor if there is smoke. If you get on the floor you are likely to be trampled by other passengers that may be filled with panic. Do not push other people; just move as quickly and as efficiently as possible. When you are out of the plane, you’ll want to get back from it to protect yourself from possible explosion. As people come out of the plane, suggest you all huddle together to get a head count and just provide support to one another.
The likelihood that you’ll experience a plane crash at any point in your life is very slim, but it could happen. As you can see from this information, there are steps that you can take to save your life and be one of the two thirds that make it out alive. Review this information as frequently as you travel, just so you are sure of yourself as you make preparations for a plane crash, should you ever find yourself in that situation.
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