Surviving an Emergency: 'If You Need to Think, It's Too Late'

"You could fly every day for the next 164,000 years and not have an airplane crash. So in the unlikely event that something were to happen, there is this idea that everybody dies in airplane crashes. I call that the myth of hopelessness," he said. "But when the government looked at 53,000 people who have been in airplane accidents in the last 20 years, they found that 95.7 percent survived the accident."

In the unlikely event of a plane crash we should all take comfort in the knowledge that we have the power to save ourselves.

"If a plane crashes it's very likely that I'm going to survive it, and if I do the right thing, if I pay attention, if I have a plan, if I act, the chances are even better," Sherwood said. "Everybody is a survivor. Everybody has some of the qualities to get through life's toughest stuff."

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