Air travel can be a harrowing experience. For the most part, we never think about the dangers of flying, but it’s always in the back of our minds. After all, there are many possible ways that you could lose your life while on an airplane.
For example, a plane crash into the ocean is one possibility that few people ever consider. But what should you do if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in this situation? Here’s how you can survive a plane crash into the ocean!
How to survive a plane crash
into the ocean
There are few people who have ever survived a plane crash into the ocean. But if you happen to be in this situation, it is possible to survive. The first thing you should do is make sure your seat belt is securely fastened and that you are not in danger of hitting any other objects during impact. This will help minimize damage to your body and prevent injury.
Once the plane has sunk below the surface, it’s time to escape via one of two exits: windows or doors. If you can’t get out through a door or window, break a hole in an overhead panel with something heavy like a fire extinguisher. Now all you need to do is wait for rescue!
What you should do after a plane crash
into the ocean
If you find yourself in a plane crash into the ocean, there are three things that you should do, according to experts.
1) The first thing after crashing is to take off your seatbelt and prepare for water impact. This way, your body will be loose and ready for when it hits the water.
2) Next, inflate your life jacket before it’s too late. You want to get as much air as possible in the jacket before approaching the water because it’s harder to do once you hit the surface of the water.
3) Finally, right before impact, tuck your head under your armpit and point your feet towards where you think you might land (whether on land or in open ocean). You don’t want to be thrown around by waves and ejected from the raft while trying to swim back to shore.
What to do if you are in the ocean
1. Stay calm
After the plane has crashed into the water, do your best to stay calm. Panic is not going to help in this situation. You’re going to want to keep your head about when it comes to grabbing onto something that will help with your survival in case you are near the plane wreckage.
2. Find a life vest or buoy
You’ll want to find a life vest and put it on as soon as possible. If you don’t know where the life vests are on a plane, they can be found under your seat, next to any emergency exits, and around the flight attendant area. You should also look for any emergency rafts or buoys that may have been deployed after the crash occurred and grab one of those if you can find one nearby.
3. Swim away from wreckage
It will be important to get as far away from the wreck of the plane as possible. After grabbing your life vest and buoy, swim slowly and calmly away from the wreck of the plane in order for rescue crews to spot you more easily when they arrive on scene. Remember that planes have black boxes (which includes flight data records) so someone will come looking for you no matter what happens!