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Plane Crash Survival Tips Revealed After Researchers Crash Boeing 727 into Mexican Desert: VIDEO


From last night's Nightline:

"Bir told ABC News that her data made it clear that bracing for impact -- placing one's head down and putting one's hands over one's head -- could increase the odds of survival. During the crash, which was a belly flop done nose first, passengers near the front bore the brunt of the impact. Rows one through seven held the "fatal" seats -- seat 7A was catapulted straight out of the plane. Many of the seat-belted dummies who weren't bent over in the bracing position incurred spinal injuries from jerking forward in their seat belts."

Watch the footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Obviously First Class should be re-located to the rear of aircraft and the cheap seats put in the front.

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 2, 2012 9:18:39 AM

  2. Well, there's a brilliant comment if there ever was one. ⇧

    Posted by: Your Mom | Oct 2, 2012 9:28:45 AM

  3. Just cancelled my trip to Mexico.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 2, 2012 9:35:59 AM

  4. Now, I won't feel so deprived when I fly back in coach.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 2, 2012 9:46:28 AM

  5. The laws of physics suggest seats* should face the tail of the plane so your rapidly decelerating mass doesn't cause so much trauma. You're not riding a buggy; maybe someday people will figure that out.

    *extra charge on Ryanair

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 2, 2012 10:08:00 AM

  6. That's the way the seats are placed in at least some US military aircraft.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 2, 2012 10:19:55 AM

  7. I'll never understand why the seats don't have mandatory shoulder/lap belts as cars do. And preferably, face aft.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 2, 2012 11:11:36 AM

  8. i always sit in the back because thats where the FDR and ELT are located.

    Posted by: lucas | Oct 2, 2012 11:50:26 AM

  9. @Perry,

    Touche. I'm sure the suits are working on it right now.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 2, 2012 12:42:29 PM

  10. I honestly can't remember the last major commercial airplane crash in the US.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 2, 2012 12:48:04 PM

  11. i just had the strangest dream this morning about a plane crash in venice, ca.

    then the pope showed up


    Posted by: gomez | Oct 2, 2012 6:01:25 PM

  12. There are too many unknowns in a plane crash to confidently state that the front of the plane is the "fatal" section. For example: It's just as possible that the tail section would be the first to hit the ground, making the back section "fatal".

    (I don't have a connection where I can watch the video. Perhaps they made a point to state that every crash is different. But, based on what I know about ABC "News", I doubt it.)

    Posted by: alex | Oct 2, 2012 6:17:26 PM

  13. "Unauthorized country" ??!

    Sorry, ABC, but yeah my county is f---ing authorized.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2012 10:53:56 AM

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