July 8th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

'Best Place' to Sit During a Plane Crash?

After seeing this shocking video of Asiana flight 214 crash-landing, it is remarkable how many passengers exited the aircraft unharmed – but did the location of passengers seats leave some safer than others?

In an analysis done on 20 crashes between 1971 and 2007, data showed those sitting closest to the cockpit are the least safe, with a survival rate of 49 percent, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

The survival rate of those in the middle section of the plane was 56 percent, and the rear cabin was 69 percent.

In this case, the plane landed short of the runway, ripping off the tail. Authorities say the two Chinese teens killed in the crash were sitting in the back half of the plane.

The best choice, according to aviation experts, sit as close to the exit row as possible.

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  1. lk

    Why does everyone get so angry about an article like this, at least it has something of value to share unlike others! Having the info is nice & it's your choice now on what you decide to do with it

    July 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Davison Panganai

      Considering the facts given having info is okay, but there is still a challenge in the sense that people should look into ways of getting the unsafe positions safe. We should bear in mind that a plane carries many passengers and it is impossible for these passengers to be in one place "the safe place"

      July 16, 2013 at 6:23 am | Reply
  2. C

    Really, This hast be the stupidest headline I have read in a long time. And what is the percentage of people that survived by choosing the right seat vs Wrong seat?

    July 9, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
  3. Josh

    So, the First Class section, is the most unsafe?

    July 9, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
  4. Chris Dumbaugh

    Wow! Really? So, you know, the person who DOES pick a bad seat has a greater chance of dying. Better them than you, right? What a horribly untactful article idea.

    July 9, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  5. Charles Marsh

    So, why do the seats face forward? If deceleration is the primary danger, wouldn't it be better to have the full neck-to-knees support of the seat restraining you rather than a thin strip of fabric? How many planes get rear-ended?

    July 9, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  6. Incognito

    Too bad you have to pay a premium to have the best possible seat to save your life.

    July 9, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
  7. KRIM

    sitting near exit increases ur chances. who knew? thank god for experts, i'd be lost without them.

    July 9, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  8. Missoula

    Please don't tell people that or the airlines will charge more the closer you get to an exit.

    July 9, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply

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