Why pilots WON'T warn you during a plane crash – and what really happens

PILOTS are unlikely to tell passengers when a plane crash is about to happen – but travellers may not even realise.

TikTok user Jade often shares explanations and stories about gruesome facts, including what it is like to die in your sleep to what happens after a nuclear reactor explodes.

She also explained what happens during a plane crash, and says that pilots are unlikely to tell passengers it is about to happen.

She told her 660k followers: "If you are in a crashing plane, you won't be informed.

"Unless the pilot performs a controlled crash landing, they will likely not have the time to inform you that you're about to die… and that's probably for the best."

Tom Farrier from the International Society of Air Safety Investigators explained why this was on an online forum: "Either the crew is way too busy trying to hold things together to say anything over the PA, or the passengers will be told whatever's appropriate to ready them for what's to come."

Jade also explained what happens during a crash, and saying the way it crashes could mean passengers are unlikely to feel any pain.

She continued: "If your plane nose-dives, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you will not remain conscious, but right before things go black you might experience a sense of weightlessness – objects around you and your arms will just hover as if you're in space.

"So in all honesty, it sounds horrible but it would be relatively painless and fast."

Passengers are also likely to lose consciousness before a plane crashes if the cabin depressurises.

Pilot Randy Padfield told ABC: "What happens first is your brain is not as quick. You’d get very confused and stop thinking clearly. Then you’d fall asleep and eventually die due to lack of oxygen."

If passengers are told of an incoming crash landing, they will often be told to get into the brace position – although flight crew have revealed how many passengers do the position wrong.

Speaking on Reddit, one said: “In the event of a situation where passengers have to cover their heads, you do not 'lock' your fingers on your head but place one hand on top of the other.

“If something falls on your hand/head, you'll still have one good hand to use.”

A second contributor added: “I'd take that a step further and say to put your non-dominant hand on top. That way, your most useful hand will be the one that survives.”

Plane crashes are still very unlikely – 2017 was the safest year on record with 10 accidents, and 44 lives lost, although this rose to 20 accidents and 238 deaths in 2019.

Experts have revealed which seats are the safest in a plane, as well as what clothes to wear to survive a plane crash.

Flip flops should be avoided, but jeans and non-flammable clothing is the best option.

One pilot says that passengers should always count the seats between them and the emergency exit, in case they need to escape when the cabin is full of smoke.

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