Aviation experts: Chances of surviving plane crash are better than past

CLEVELAND - Statistics from the Federal Aviation Administration found that 40 percent of airplane fatalities happened in crashes that were survivable. Close to half of all airplane crash fatalities might have been prevented had passengers taken proper action.

Aviation experts say the larger the aircraft, the safer you'll be. Sit as close to the rear of the plane as possible.  Seats in the rear of the plane are safer, as are aisle seats.

"You need to be aware of your surroundings. Where are you sitting?  How far is the closest exit?  How many rows back are you from the exit? So, you should be counting it,"  said Joe Teixeira, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Coordinator at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich.

There's a good chance you won't have much assistance from the flight crew. One study found that nearly half of the flight attendants in survivable crashes are incapacitated in some way.

Watch the full airplane crash survival guide tonight on NewsChannel5 at 11.

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