In this episode, Larre talks about the two planes he owned and how each met their untimely demise. My preference for survival is what he used with the second plane. You'll have to listen to find out why it's a foolproof method.

Larre's Citabria after the crash

Larre's Citabria after the crash


We have a division of labor in our family: Larre and the boys have their adventures and I worry about them getting home in one piece. After all, when just some afternoon sledding turns into careening down a cliff to a broken collarbone, one tends to worry.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the chance of being killed in a plane crash is one in 11 million, and crashes that involve major damage and fire have a survival rate of 76%. Even though your chances are small, it doesn't hurt to be prepared.

Flight instructor Kent Ewing tells about landing his aircraft after the engine blew. His tips for surviving a crash include this one: Don't get into a small plane that doesn't have shoulder harnesses.

Nearly 80% of all crashes occur within 3 minutes of takeoff or 8 minutes of landing. Hold off on taking off your shoes or snoozing till you're clear of this window. (Larre is 1 for 2 in this statistic. See Episode 1 for the outlier.) For more tips, see

Joe Shelton wrote a blog post about surviving after a wreck . It takes 16 to 18 hours to locate a downed plane that filed a flight plan and 65 hours without a flight plan. Then you have to wait for rescuers to get to the site. The book listed below, Denali Justice, tells a tale of one worst-case scenario.

In addition to ideas for needed equipment (see bottom of page), he reminds us that planes break into pieces. Keep important items on your person or near at hand. 

Above all, he says, "remain calm, conserve energy, and work together." Good advice to keep in mind at all times.