How can you increase your odds of survival in an airline crash? Sit in the back.

After an analysis of 20 U.S. airline crashes, statistics indicate that the seats toward the back of the plane are safer.

“Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front,” Noland wrote.

Also, passengers in seats behind the wings had a 69 percent survival rate, vs. passengers over and in front of the wings, who had a 56 percent survival rate. People in first and business class had a 49 percent chance of survival.

“That’s why they put the crash recorders in the tail,” he said.

Also, bigger planes, like 747s and Airbus A330s, have a higher survivability rate.

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