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The aircraft brace position is primary for minimizing
the chance of your head flying off during an aircraft crash and thus makes identification of bodies easier
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The aircraft brace position is primary for minimizing the chance of your head flying off
and making identification of bodies easier
One being recently (2002) driven to Tullamarine airport,
it was claimed that the primary reason for taking the brace position in an aircraft
prior to a crash landing is that it minimizes the chance of your head flying
off its hinges (literally) at the point of aircraft impact and helps make
identification of bodies easier.
Breaking the Myth?
Tricky for those who continue to believe this - but
it does look like the brace position saves lives and limits injury.
- Aircraft: In an emergency:
- "It has been proven that passengers who assume the brace position
sustain substantially less serious injuries than other passengers. A
twin engined aircraft struck terrain during a landing approach in less
than favourable conditions. Most of the 16 passengers were sleeping or
reading and there was no warning of the imminent accident. One passenger
woke up, looked out the window and saw the aircraft was about to hit
trees. He imediately lowered his head and braced his arms and knees
against the seat back in front of him. He suffered a fractured leg and
wrist and a scalp wound. He was the only survivor."
- UK Kegworth: 10 years on (Friday, January 8, 1999 )
- It is 10 years since a British Midland
passenger jet en route from Heathrow
to Northern Ireland crashed a few
hundred yards from the runway at
East Midlands airport, killing 47
The Boeing 737-400 ploughed into an embankment of
the M1 motorway near the Leicestershire village of
More than 70 of the passengers survived. Probably
because traffic was light late on a Sunday evening,
no-one travelling along what is normally one of the
busiest stretches of motorway in Europe was involved.
- "Professor Angus Walace of
the Queen's Medical Centre
in Nottingham said: "We
discovered a lot of those on
board had not adopted a
brace position for the impact.
"There were many fractures
where people's legs flailed
under the seat infront, and of
course arm and head injuries
as they shot forward.
"I'm pleased to say the CAA
and British airlines have now adopted our recommended
brace position with you head forward by your knees,
your hands over your head, and your feet firmly planted
behind your knees so they can't shoot forward."
But Prof Wallace would like to see further safety
measures - including rear-facing seats in all aircraft, a
possibility that has been considered and rejected by
different airlines, and not purely, they say, for reasons of
Backwards is safer
Chairman of British Midland Airways, Sir Michael Bishop
said: "There is no doubt that research has shown it is
safer to fly backwards.
"However, the public don't want it - they don't want to fly
backwards. Somehow they feel more frightened if they
face backwards than forwards." "
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