It turns out that this is the airplane seat position that is safe from accidents. Lifestyle – 1 day ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – In just one week in 2024, there have already been two plane crashes. On Tuesday (2/1/2024), a Japan Airlines plane with flight number 516 on the route from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture to Haneda Airport, Tokyo collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft preparing to fly to Niigata Prefecture.

As a result of the collision, the Japan Airlines and Japan Coast Guard planes caught fire on the runway at Haneda Airport.

Apart from Japan Airlines and the Japan Coast Guard plane, the plane crash also involved actor Christian Oliver, his two daughters and a pilot. On Thursday (4/1/2024), Oliver and his daughters Madita Klepser (12) and Annik Klepser (10) died in a plane crash near the Caribbean island.


Even though it has a record of fatal incidents, planes remain the most efficient mode of transportation for long journeys. Moreover, the ratio of plane accidents is actually the smallest when compared to other modes of transportation.

According to a United States (US) National Security Council analysis of census data, the odds of dying on a plane are about 1 in 205,552, compared with 1 in 102 for four-wheeled transportation.

When traveling by plane, many people prefer seats near the window so they can sleep without being disturbed. However, do you know where the safest airplane seats are in case of an emergency?

Launching from CNN International, a TIME investigation looking at 35 years of plane crash data found that middle seats in the back row of planes had the lowest fatality rate, at 28 percent. What is the reason?

Photo: Infographics/ This is the Location of the Safest Seats on a Plane / Aristya Rahadian

Aviation expert at Central Queensland University, Doug Drury, said that TIME's data is very reasonable. DougDrury explains that sitting close to an exit will give you the quickest escape route in an emergency, as long as there is no fire on that side. However, airplane wings store fuel, so seats close to the wings are not the safest option.

At the same time, if you are a business class passenger placed at the front of the plane, you will be affected earlier than other passengers at the back during an emergency.

Additionally, another reason middle seats are safer than window or aisle seats is because they are buffers in the form of other passengers on both sides.

The type of emergency also determines survival

A plane crashing into a mountain has little chance of passengers surviving, as happened in the tragic 1979 disaster in New Zealand. Air New Zealand flight TE901 crashes into the slopes of Mount Erebus in Antarctica. This incident killed 257 passengers and crew members.

Falling into the sea with the plane nose first also reduces the chances of survival, such as the Air France Flight 447 incident in 2009 which killed 228 passengers and cabin crew.

Pilots are trained to minimize potential risks in an emergency as best as possible. They will try to avoid hitting mountains and look for a flat place, such as an open field, to land as normally as possible.

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