Emergency position

Commands of the aircraft crew in English, such as brace, head down, stay down and bend over, head down are given to instruct passengers to take emergency position prior to emergency landing. This position is shown on the safety card usually located in the pocket of your front seat. This position is aimed at avoiding possible injuries to passengers during emergency landing. Emergency landing positions may differ depending on the situation of your seat and the procedures of the specific airlines.

  What to consider when taking emergency position:
- Sit as close as possible to the back of your seat;
- Fasten your seat belt.

    If you cannot reach the back of your front seat or the wall (Position 1):
•    Bend the upper part of your body as far as possible – bring your chest as close as possible to your knees;
•    Bend your head down;
•    Grip your arms around your legs;
•    Bend your legs a little more than 90 degree;
•    Put your feet firmly on the floor (no high heels).

    If you can reach the back of your front seat or the wall (Position 2):
•    Bend the upper part of your body as far as possible;
•    Cross your arms and put them on the back of your front seat;
•    Put your forehead on them;
•    Bend your legs a little more than 90 degree;
•    Put your feet firmly on the floor (no high heels).

Position 1                Position 2
There is an erroneous opinion that one may have more serious trauma when bending forward and supporting head against a stationary object rather than when sitting straight. This view, possible, comes from the car driving safety instructions. Sitting vertically in the seat with back pressed into the backrest, recommended in automobiles, is not suitable for aircrafts, since here passenger seats are not equipped with shoulder seat belts and airbags.
At the same time, when bending forward, backs of seats will protect you from hand luggage racks, which may fall and cause injuries in case of strong impact in emergency situations.
Please note that at the moment of emergency landing, several impacts of the airplane may occur, thus, remain in the emergency position until the airplane is fully stopped. When the plane stops, the crew instructs passengers in the cabin, to begin evacuation.
Emergency positions specified by different airlines may differ. Thus, please pay significant attention to the safety instructions. Please acquaint yourself with the passenger safety card. Note the emergency position depending on the location of your seat. If uncertain, please refer to the crew.