Lafayette

Jul 8, 2013 11:46 PM by Steven Albritton

Be Prepared Before You Fly

In light of the tragic plane crash in San Francisco, Lafayette Regional Airport officials say there are a few things you can do in case the unthinkable happens.

"It starts with the way you dress. Sweat pants and long shirts might be more appropriate than gym shorts and a tank top," Lafayette Regional Aviation Director Greg Roberts says.

If a fire were to break out, having closed toed shoes and the extra clothing on your body could help keep you safe. Where you sit on a plane could also matter. The two teenagers who died on Flight 214 while landing San Francisco, along with many of the seriously hurt, were seated in the back of the plane. Roberts says, he's seen different studies showing which part of the plane is safest.

"Some say the tail section of the plane is the safest because that's where the keep the black recording box, which is actually orange, but it usually always survives the crash," Roberts says,

Statistics show, the closer you are to an exit door makes all the difference. Not only that, but sitting within 5 rows of an exit will give you the best chance to get out.

"The wings are probably a fairly safe environment because it's close to the exits," Roberts says.

According to ABC News, 80% of airline crashes occur during takeoff or landing. Roberts stresses the safety of aircrafts has never been better, but being prepared for the worst starts with passengers paying attention.

"One of the first things flight attendants do on an airplane is have you read the safety instruction card and they give you a safety brief. One of those things in the safety brief is about where the emergency exits are," Roberts says.

If you are involved in a crash, leave your belongings behind. You may think you need to grab a computer or a purse, but those seconds spent finding belongings will not only hinder your escape, but also those around you also trying to get out. As quickly as Flight 214 went up in flames, those seconds could make all the difference in the end.

The odds of someone being killed in a plane crash are next to zero. Only 1 in 1.2 million flights end up being involved in accident. You're more likely to be killed in a car accident on the way to, or from the airport.

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