7 FLYING FACTS TO EASE YOUR FEARS

Fun stuff to know before you travel

 

 

1.            YOU CANNOT OPEN THE EXIT DOORS IN FLIGHT

 

At typical cruising altitude, almost 500kg of pressure are pushing up against each square 30cm of exit door, so unless you’re The Hulk, it is physically impossible to open the door in flight.

 

The doors are also held secure by a series of electrical and/or mechanical latches.

 

 

2.            THE SAFEST SEATS ON AN AIRCRAFT ARE AT THE BACK

 

According to crash data compiled by Time, the fatality rate for seats in the rear third of a plane during a crash was 32%.

 

The middle of the plane was the least safe, with a 39% fatality rate, while the front was marginally safer with a 38%.

 

 

3.            THE WINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO WOBBLE

 

The flexibility of a plane’s wings is actually a sign of safety. A plane’s wings can survive turbulence 50% stronger than the worst that’s ever been encountered. In order to absorb all that force, the wings are built like giant springs.

 

 

4.            TURBULENCE IS PERFECTLY NORMAL

 

Air tends to flow like a horizontal snaking river called a jet stream. Just like a fast-flowing river swirling against the riverbank, where the edge of the jet stream interacts with slower moving air, there may be some mixing of the air which causes turbulence.

 

 It's as normal as driving over bumps in the road.  But do wear your seatbelt when required, to prevent injury.

 

 

5.            THE PLANE WON’T NOSEDIVE IF IT LOSES AN ENGINE

 

All planes can fly with one engine and if both engines cut out, an aircraft at cruising altitude can glide for over 100km before it needs to land - which it can still safely do.

 

 

6.            THE LITTLE HOLE IN YOUR WINDOW IS NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN

 

It’s a breather hole that regulates pressure, ensuring that should anything happen to the outer pane of the window, the pressure won’t cause the inner pane to break.

 

 

7.            THE ODDS OF DYING IN A PLANE CRASH ARE 1 IN 11 MILLION

 

Your risk of dying from a plane crash is far lower than your risk of dying in an car accident, dying by choking on a piece of food, being hit by lightning or being eaten by a shark.

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