(ModernSurvival.org) – The list of celebrities who’ve tragically lost their lives in aircraft incidents is staggering. In America, many famous people have fallen while traveling the skies, from Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline to John Denver and even Kobe Bryant. Now, another well-known individual has joined their ranks.
This community lost a great one this week, Rest In Peace Josh Neuman. Let’s continue to use our talents to help others first like Josh did. pic.twitter.com/YinLR7cB99
— Luke Higgs Photos (@lukehiggsphotos) February 8, 2022
Josh Neuman was a YouTube influencer, professional daredevil, and filmmaker enjoying a trip in Iceland when tragedy struck. The sightseeing plane he and three others were in crashed into a lake.
According to authorities, the Cessna 172 aircraft didn’t send out a distress call before it disappeared from radar. Search and rescue teams scoured the area for days until the wreckage was spotted in Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s second-largest body of water.
The next day an autonomous submersible located all four bodies 157 feet beneath the surface.
Neuman had fulfilled a long-time dream the day before the doomed flight: watching the Northern Lights, which he called “the happiest day” of his life. In a statement, the young man’s parents claim he died doing what he loved.
So far, the exact details of the fatal crash are unknown. Unfortunately, it often takes a tragedy such as this to remind people of the importance of being prepared at all times, even while traveling on a plane. While this tragedy may have been unavoidable, there are many things a person can do to improve their odds of surviving a similar situation.
How to Increase the Odds of Surviving a Plane Crash
The once impossible dream of taking to the skies became an everyday occurrence thanks to the Wright brothers back in 1903. Since then, mankind has come a long way in its mastery of flight. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect and, on occasion, planes do come crashing down.
Being trapped within a metal monstrosity as it races toward the ground is a terrifying situation to find oneself in. However, people do survive plane crashes. Here are a few tips on how anyone can increase their odds of surviving one:
- Dress appropriately. If the plane does make an unplanned meeting with the ground, chances are incredibly high that there will be debris and fire. Wearing shoes (not flip-flops or high heels) can prevent damage to the feet, and allow a person to escape the plane quickly. Fire retardant, long-sleeve shirts and pants can lessen the likelihood of suffering burns as well.
- Choose the right seat. Generally, the further toward the back of the plane, the safer the passenger will be in the event of a crash. Regardless of where a seat happens to be, it’s vital to know where the exits are. In fact, counting the number of seats between the assigned seat and the exit is highly recommended. If a fire does break out, it may be difficult (or impossible) to see the exit due to smoke. Counting seats as they’re passed is one way to counteract this issue.
- Stay calm. While this may seem like a ridiculous tip, panicking in any emergency only makes matters worse. When the plane starts to go down, the cabin may lose pressure and air. A panicking person may not take the time to place the oxygen mask on themselves and consequently pass out.
For more information on how to live through a plane crash, check out the following video from How to Survive:
Knowing how to survive a bad situation, no matter how unlikely it may be, is always better than finding oneself in an emergency without the proper knowledge to get out alive. To see how to survive another emergency that involves falling through the air in a metal container, check out our article here.
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