Some plane crashes are survivable. If you want to know how to survive, you’ll find our tips helpful. We’ve compiled eight tips which will boost the odds of survival. Knowing what to do when trouble strikes in the air is what it’s all about.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Your carry-on bag may do double-duty as an emergency kit. If you do crash and end up somewhere where help isn’t available, having your kit handy will allow you to access important items, from painkillers to bandages to antiseptic wipes. Stock what is practical, just as you would when you put together an emergency kit for your car trunk.
Bring Energy Bars in Your Carry-on
You may not have easy access to food if you crash somewhere remote and survive. If you have your own rations, in the form of compact and portable energy bars, you will be able to keep going.
Get Extra Water on the Plane
These days, it’s not possible to bring a lot of fluids onto planes. However, you may buy extra bottles of water when the drinks cart comes around and stash one or two in your carry-on bag in case of an emergency. Sometimes, clean water is hard to come by when a plane goes down in a remote location.
Understand Airplane Oxygen Masks
The oxygen masks in airplanes are quite easy to use. However, they only deliver about fifteen minutes of oxygen before they run out. If the pilot tells you to use the mask, do so right away. They don’t give those instructions without having a good reason.
Then, be aware that you have about fifteen minutes of oxygen, during which time the pilot will probably correct the altitude issue and save the day.
Know the Airplane Exits
If you need to evacuate after a crash, it’s very helpful to know exactly where the closest airplane exit is. You may only be focused on the exit door that you boarded through. Pay attention to every part of the safety demo. The exits will be pointed out during this important “spiel”.
Stay Calm and Focused
In an emergency, falling apart is not recommended. If you’re terrified during your flight because of an emergency, try to focus on what you’re going to do when you do have the power to make choices. Keep your breathing deep and even and think about survival. Panic will muddle your responses.
Send Messages If You Can
If you have access to a Web connection and the pilot hasn’t told you not to use it, try to let people know what’s happening with you. For example, if the plane seems to be having problems over a body of water, let family know what’s happening and how long you’ve been in the air. Let them know what you see from out of the window.
Prepare to Move Fast
Everyone on a flight in trouble matters. However, you matter, too. Think about yourself and what you will do first when the plane goes down. You’ll need to undo your seat belt, grab your emergency pack and try to get out of the aircraft rapidly, as it may catch on fire. An explosion is also a possibility. Brace yourself for impact and then get ready to run, with your emergency pack in your hands.