July 9th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

How to Stay Safe in the Skies

In the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash, many people are likely wondering how to stay safe in the event of a plane crash.

Fortunately, recent technological advances may help prevent the worst.

As John Berman explains, there’s a reason most passengers escaped unharmed Flight 214: Major equipment upgrades to planes like the Boeing 777.

“Aviation experts credit fire proof materials in the cabin with preventing it from immediately catching fire,” Berman reports.

“Improved exits and evacuation slides helped passengers evacuate within 90 seconds. And more secure seats kept buckled-up passengers anchored.”

However, according to experts, “surviving a crash also relies on the human factor,” Berman says.

He explains the other ways to raise your chances of survival: Keeping your seat belt fastened before landing and bracing for impact.

“Ninety five percent of crashes happen on take-off and landing,” Berman says, “so experts say passengers need to stay alert during those crucial moments,” and keep your seat belt buckled throughout the flight.

Go to CNN.com to learn 10 things to know for a safe flight

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