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How to survive a plane emergency - pay attention to the safety briefin

On 31 October, 224 people lost their lives when a Russian charter flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed. Like high-profile aviation disasters last year involving Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, disaster struck at altitude. The tragic sequence may create the impression that an inflight emergency is invariable fatal and therefore paying attention to the safety briefing is a waste of time.