The safest seat to sit in on a plane crash – and why you should always wear jeans to fly

THREE people have died after a plane slipped off the runway in Istanbul, leaving many more injured.

While incidents like these are rare, experts have revealed two main ways you can improve your chances of survival if tragedy does strike.

 Sitting at the back of the plane is thought to be the safest place


Sitting at the back of the plane is thought to be the safest placeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Sitting in the back of the plane

A seat at the back of the plane, while not popular with travellers who want to get off the plane quickly, could be the safest place to sit.

According to a 2015 study, seats in the middle of the cabin had the highest fatality rate at 39 per cent, followed by a 38 per cent fatality rate in the front.

Seats at the back of the cabin had the lowest fatality rate at 32 per cent.

The Aviation Safety Network analysed 65 plane crashes and found seats in the back to be safest in over half of the incidents, based on survival rates.

Harro Ranter chief executive of the Aviation Safety Network, told the Express: “I cannot think of anything that would make sitting upfront safer [and] in an actual accident, best chances of survival are usually in the rear.”

A middle seat at the back of a plane was found to be the safest, with a 28 per cent mortality rate – compared to the worst, an aisle seat in the middle of the cabin, which has a mortality rate of 44 per cent.

 The safest seats are at the back of the plane and in the middle


The safest seats are at the back of the plane and in the middle
 Wearing jeans is also advised


Wearing jeans is also advisedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Wearing the right clothes

What you wear can also make a difference.

One of the most important things to wear on a plane are your shoes, and you should avoid taking them off when boarding.

A study by Boeing found that half of plane crashes happen during take-off and landing.

After a crash, fire or broken glass could obstruct the aisle, making it hard to escape barefoot.

Christine Negroni, plane crash expert and author of The Crash Detectives: Investigating The World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters, told Sun Online Travel that there are a lot of things passengers could do to help themselves after a crash.

She said: “One of the best things people can do is put their shoes on for take-off and landing. This is still not required by many airlines and I think it ought to be.

 Taking your shoes off could hinder your escape during a crash


Taking your shoes off could hinder your escape during a crashCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“When people are getting off a plane in a crash, there can be fire as well as debris, it could be cold and wet. You could wind up stepping on a big shard of aluminium.”

Flammable materials are also a no-no, along with baggy clothing – so you should opt for cotton or wool clothing over polyester or nylon, as well as tighter trousers over loose dresses.

Christine added: “In terms of clothing, anything not too free flowing is a good idea. In the case of this flight, it would have been good to be wearing jeans, but you obviously don’t want to go on every flight dressed for combat.

“Mainly err on the side of caution. Pick sneakers over high heels, pick natural fibres over synthetic, and take tight-fitting clothes over loose-fitting.”

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A Boeing pilot advised passengers to always remove sharp objects from your pockets and to count the seats to the nearest emergency exit during a plane crash.

The way you do the brace position could impact your survival as lacing your fingers could badly injure you.

However, plane crashes are still very rare – with fatal accidents just one in every five million flights.


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