Asiana Flight 214: Increasing the Chances of Survival

Rob Nelson reports what can be done to increase the chances of living through a tragic event.
3:13 | 07/07/13

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Bianna and I have been talking about the fact you look at the pictures, it's just so hard to believe that so many people walked off the plane, many unharmed. Many went to the hospital as well. But it is the question in stories like this, how are people able to walk away unscathed, and what can you do to increase your odds? There are things you can do. And rob nelson is here with that story. Good morning. Good morning, accidents like yesterday's crash can put many travelers on the edge. But consider this, 99% of the passengers survived the ordeal yesterday. And and when it comes to aviation safety, that kind of survival is much more the rule than the exception. Images from saturday's fire asiana airlines crash are certainly harrowing for the millions of americans who take to the skies every year. We just saw a plane crash. But statistics show that plane crashes like yesterday's are rare. According to the ntsb, only one in 1.2 million flights is in an accident. Riding on a commercial airplane is the same risk as an escalator. And the survival rate was an incredible 95%, although the survival rate is high, a professor at the university says the moments before impact are the st important. You are preparing yourself to react appropriately in emergency situations. Analysts say put down that magazine and pay attention to the safety instructions. Most accidents happen within three minutes of takeoff or in the eight minutes leading up to landing. Saturday's crash involved the same type of boeing plane that crashed in 2008 at the heath row airport, where all 152 made it out alive. How could you survive a plane crash? Seats in the rear of the plane are generally safer, as are aisle seats. And they should try to sit within five rows of an exit. You have a better chance of surviving. And they are higher thanks to an industry that's made strides with safety. Experts credit stronger seats, more flame retardant parts, and better fire fighting techniques, giving them more time to escape like yesterday. Just try to ignore the screaming and get out. This passenger recalled the moment when the plane crashed saturday, and highlighted another important factor that prevent the asiana flight 214 from becoming a catastrophe, the plane skidded to a stop, never overturning. If it did, none of us would be here to talk about it. According to m.I.T. Statistics professor, the risk of dying for u.S. Airplane passengers has been one in 45 million flights. A traveler could fly every day for an average of 123,000 years before being involved in a fatal crash. Amazing stat. Reassuring. We needed that. And compared to an escalator. Thank you. And coming up, murray mania

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