If I'm going on holiday with my family on an airliner such as one of the ones listed on this page, then where is the safest place to sit?
The answers to this question seem to imply that the seats at the rear of the plane would be safer:
Why are flight recorders generally located in the tail?
but of course I can think of quite a few things which might make it different for passengers versus the flight recorder.
I realise that flying is statistically a lot safer than driving, so I don't need to be told not to worry about safety - I'm not worrying, I'm just interested in the difference in safety between different seats in the airliner. Because if I get a choice of seats then (ceteris paribus) I can't see any reason not to choose the safer ones.
I'm guessing it might be affected by things like proximity to the exits, and so might be different in different models of airliner. If that's the case then can you tell me what factors affect the safety of each seat? E.g. is it more important to be close to an exit or to be further back in the plane? What should I look for?
Is it different on long-haul versus short-haul? Or are there other differences in the type of flight (and therefore the more typical type of accident) which change the 'safest place to sit'?
A few articles I've found on the topic:
- Popular Mechanics, 2007 (statistical review: back is safest)
- Discovery / Channel 4, 2013 (one-off crash experiment: back is safest)
- BBC, 2014 (expert opinion: no safest place)
- CAA, 2006 (statistical review of evacuations: exit rows and adjoining rows are safest)