How to survive a plane crash: Give BA £125 (or hand over your frequent flyer points) and you'll be given the secret

   

When it comes to plane crashes most of us think there is very little you can do to survive.

However, experts at BA believe this is not the case and there is a good chance of surviving. Furthermore, they are prepared to let you in on the secrets for a fee. £125 to be precise.

Experts say most people die in the aftermath of a crash because they panic and are unable to undo their seatbelts, and as fire spreads need to evacuate the wreckage quickly.

The training has started after a request from BP which has staff that go to some of the most remote parts of the world

The course came to being after petrol giant BP requested extra training for its staff who go to some of the most remote parts of the globe where there are less rigorous safety records

TOP TIPS ON HOW TO SURVIVE A PLANE CRASH

  • Practice makes perfect: Those who can remove seat belts, find their life jackets and use oxygen masks very quickly stand a much better chance of surviving so practicing these actions is essential
  • Don't panic: According to BA most people survive crashes, it is the aftermath where those who 'freeze' lose their lives because they are unable to undo their seatbelts so can't flee the plane
  • Listen: Make sure you follow all the instructions given by crew on-board

Now, in exchange for air miles or for the price of a flight from Gatwick to Rome (about £125), the airline is running four-hour sessions on safety.

Andy Clubb, who runs the course for BA, said: 'It makes passengers safer when travelling by giving additional skills, it dispels all those internet theories about the "brace position" and it gives people so much more confidence in flying.'

The airline hopes that those who go on the course will then be in a position to lead others by example if a plane got into trouble and help people who panic or 'freeze', according to the Independent.

'With other passengers around them reacting in a positive manner to the instructions being given by the crew, the few passengers that might have frozen might follow those who demonstrate that they know what they are doing.'

Brace yourselves: BA is offering extra courses in safety for the price of a flight from Gatwick to Rome

Brace yourselves: BA is offering extra courses in safety for the price of a flight from Gatwick to Rome

Part of the course tells people that despite what logic tells us, most people survive plane crashes and it is actually in the aftermath that most fatalities occur.

Most people struggle with basic tasks - such as removing seatbelts - according to the Civil Aviation Authority, and as fire spreads people need to evacuate quickly.

People taking part will practice removing seatbelts, use the oxygen masks that fall from the ceiling of the plane, find life jackets under the seat and finally use the inflatable escape slides.

The course came to being after petrol giant BP requested extra training for its staff who go to some of the most remote parts of the globe where there are less rigorous safety records.

Britain has one of the best safety records in the world for flying - the last fatal accident was in 1989 when a British Midland 737 came down in Kegworth, Leicestershire, killing 47 people.

A similar course is offered by Virgin Atlantic for £78 which 'educates their staff on what crew will be doing and also what they can do to help themselves should the unexpected happen'.

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