What good is the brace position during a plane crash? Some claim it’s to kill you fast. Really?
We were asked if this claim is true:
ATTENTION PLANE TRAVELERS! Very disturbing information has come to my attention from an ex flight attendant!!! Below is…
“ATTENTION PLANE TRAVELERS! Very disturbing information has come to my attention from an ex flight attendant!!! Below is word for word what the flight attendant told me!
„We are trained to tell people to put their heads down while holding their neck during a crash. During an insurance settlement hearing my supervisor admitted to me off record the horrible and sinister truth about why we are taught this procedure! PLACING HEAD DOWN AND HANDS OVER HEAD WILL FORCE THEIR HEADS INTO THE BACK OF THE SEAT IN FRONT…BREAKING THE PASSENGERS NECKS KILLING THEM INSTANTLY! This way the insurance pay outs will not be as high due to those paralyzed or permanently injured and the airline can pay out a fast lump sum death settlement.“
You heard it correctly!! The airline would rather you DIE during a crash then live to tell the story and collect $$$ forever!! HOW SAD IS IT WHEN PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THEN SAVING LIVES!!!?? The correct way to avoid death during a crash is brace yourself sitting strait upward! I had to share this because it may just save your life or someone you love!”
Fact check: Is this true?!
Would airlines really want to kill their passengers?
Let’s take a plane crash from 1989 (Kegworth Crash), During this tragedy 39 passengers from 118 total were killed instantly, eight died later because of their injuries. So a total of 47 people died. Everyone of the eight crew members survived, 74 suffered severe injuries, 5 minor injuries.
Why am I telling you this? Because experts analyzed this catastrophe and why some died and some only suffered minor injuries. From their findings they created safety guidelines. This study was conducted by medical professionals and engineers. This guidelines were published 1993. They optimized the brace position.
Devised by experts
The International Board for Research into Aircraft Crash Events (IBRACE) has been founded by a group of subject-matter experts in aviation trying to produce an internationally agreed, evidence-based set of impact bracing positions for passengers and (eventually) cabin crew members. They, too, advise to take the brace position.
Already saved lives
During a crash landing 2008 in Warsaw a passenger described how he intuitively took the brace position and suffered barely an injury. The Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) points out:
Over 70% of airline accidents are survivable. 71% of people who die in survivable crashes, do so after the aircraft comes to a complete stop. In many cases its because they are unprepared for the crash.
The brace position maximizes your chance for survival!
Flying is one of the safest forms of transport. Having to use the brace position is incredibly rare. However, it minimizes potentially fatal injuries.
Of course it’s not a survival guarantee, but if you sit properly, are strapped in properly, put your feet and head in front and put your hands next to temples, you can stabilize your body during a crash. Most (fatal) injuries are caused by head injury, concussion, and injuries from behind.
Nowhere is said airlines would want to kill their passengers faster to avoid paying settlements. This is a hoax to scare people! Flying is very safe and the brace position can save your life, so remember doing it!