How to survive a plane crash

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Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 11:20 AM

PHOENIX -- Plane crashes are rare, but when they happen, they can be devastating.

Aviation experts say there are things you can do -- even before you board -- to give you a better chance of surviving a crash like the one over the weekend in San Francisco.

1. Listen to the flight attendant and be sure you understand the safety features of your aircraft.

2. Choose a seat as close to an exit as possible. If you're not in an exit row, an aisle seat near an exit can give you a quick way out.

3. Dress appropriately. Wear natural fibers when you can. Synthetics burn faster.

4. Be calm. Meditate. Pray. Help other passengers as much as possible.

Flying is still the safest form of travel. Only 1 in 1.2 million flights end up in accident. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the survival rate for U.S. plane crashes is about 95 percent.

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