Find out the safest place to sit on a plane

Do you sometimes wonder get nervous about flying?

Plane crashes are extremely rare, but research gauged from historical plane crashes and test crashes, shows that if a plane should crash, the safest place to be sitting is in a middle seat near the back of the plane.

As the recent engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 has shown, it's still possible for something to go wrong.

On Tuesday, one engine on the plane disintegrated, spraying shrapnel that depressurised the plane and forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The incident resulted in the death of a passenger, which was the first fatality on a US passenger airline in more than nine years.

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MD of Plane Talking, Linden Birns tells Azania Mosaka that technology has improved, the way we build, design and test aircraft.

Engine failures like this one, what we call an uncontained or a catastrophic engine failure, are rare events. Yes, they have happened in the past but it's been 22 years since we've had one that resulted in a fatality until Tuesday. It was a different story in the 60s and 70' when the technology was less advanced.

Linden Birns, MD of Plane Talking

He said everything that is manufactured on a plane needs to be rigorously tested.

There is no 'safest' place to sit because all airplanes are not the same.

Linden Birn, MD of Plane Talking

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