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Good Question: How likely are you to survive a plane crash?

It is amazing that a ten year old boy could survive such an accident like the one Wednesday in Libya, but its not unheard of.

In fact, this case is the fifteenth time since 1970 there has been a single survivor in an airliner crash, twelve of those have either been children or crew members.

Good Question: How likely are you to survive a plane crash?

In accidents like the one in Libya, aviation experts say there is no rhyme or reason to why someone survives.

In Kentucky we saw that first hand in 2006 with the crash of flight 5191 at Blue Grass airport.

49 people died, but somehow the first officer James Polehinke managed to be pulled from the wreckage with major injuries, he would live.

Research shows that flying is much safer than driving, in fact the chance of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 2 million, compare that now to 1 in 7,700 that will die in a car accident.

When it comes to surviving a plane crash experts say the size of the aircraft is a factor and where you sit can be another.

Take this study conducted by Popular Mechanics, it found passengers sitting near the tail are 40% more likely to survive than those in first class.

Statistics show from information gathered from every commercial jet crash since 1971 that 49% of passengers seated in first class or the business section live, compare that to 56% seated in the middle or over the wing and 69% seated behind the wing.


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