Flight attendant: How to survive a plane crash and the one thing to do first
Flight attendants face strict training to be allowed to fly, such as medical training and evacuation processes. In the case of an emergency or plane crash, cabin crew are the first point of call for aiding passengers to get them off the plane within 90 seconds, a time issued by the FAA. A cabin crew member has revealed the one thing they are taught during training to do in the event of a plane crash. Passengers should also do it if they want the best chance of survival.
If you survive the initial crash, you are most likely to die of smoke inhalation due to chaos/physical impediments getting to the exits
Commenting on a Reddit thread asking about some of the unknown facts of the job, the flight attendant stated they were once given evacuation training while working for a private plane.
He explained: “The biggest takeaway I got from Gulfstream evacuation training is that if you crash, GET THE F**K OUT OF THE PLANE.”
The biggest killer of plane crashes are often due to what happens afterwards onboard as the plane breaks down.
“If you survive the initial crash, you are most likely to die of smoke inhalation due to chaos/physical impediments getting to the exits,” he said.
Passengers not wanting to leave the plane was cited as a reason for the high death toll after the Tenerife Airport Disaster in 1977.
Two planes collided on the tarmac at Tenerife, with many passengers choosing to stay onboard and await rescue. The plane exploded before help could get there, resulting in the overall death count of 583 people.
Flight attendant: Passengers should get off the plane straight away to raise chances of survival
The flight attendant added he always booked the exit row so he can avoid something who is “afraid of jumping on the slide”.
Anyone who chooses to sit in the exit row will need to know how to open the door in an emergency.
Passengers who are not seated in the emergency exit row should count the seats between their seat and the door.
A survival expert has previously explained how, in an accident, the cabin could be filled with smoke with makes it difficult to see.
Therefore by being able to count the headrests when getting across the plane, it can make finding the exit much easier.
Other tips include climbing over the top of the seats, as the aisle is most likely to be full of people trying to escape.
Flight attendant: Passengers stayed onboard during the Tenerife Airport disaster, before it exploded
Thankfully, plane crashes are extremely unlikely, with 2017 the safest year on aviation record.
There were no commercial passenger jets crashes last year, with just 44 deaths mainly from smaller planes.
However, 2018 is unlikely to hold the record following the Lion Air crash earlier this year which claimed the lives of all passengers onboard.
One hundred and eighty-nine people died in the accident, the worst in Southeast Asia since 1997.
An accident in May saw a flight in Cuba crash which killed 112 people onboard.