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The odds of being killed on a single flight are 1 in 4.7 million, if you believe planecrashinfo.com.

If those odds are making you nervous, you shouldn't be - even if you do crash, the majority are survivable - one US government analysis of all 568 crashes in the US between 1993 and 2000 found that of the 53,487 passengers and crew involved, 51,207 (over 90 per cent) survived.

So how do you boost your chances in case of a crash?

Where is the safest seat?

Aircraft manufacturers insist there is little conclusive evidence to say where you sit matters, saying that any seat is as safe as any other.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said:

It's an age-old question. There's just no way to say.

Meanwhile the Boeing website says:

One seat is as safe as the other.

However, a 2007 study by Popular Mechanics analysed all crashes with fatalities and survivors since 1971 and found that those in rear seats behind the wing were safest.

Survival rates for these seats were 69 per cent compared to 56 per cent over the wing and 49 per cent at the front of the plane.

It really makes you wonder why they put business class at the front.

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