Matt Sullivan from Popular Mechanics says,
In the wake of nearly 200 people going down in flames with a Brazilian airliner this week, we took an exclusive look at 36 years’ worth of NTSB reports and seating charts. The best way to live through a disaster in the sky? Move to the back of the Airbus.Link
Reader comment: Dan Hoyt says,
In the 1948 book No Highway (Made into the 1951 movie No Highway in the Sky), Nevil Shute makes the point that the rear of a plane is the safest place to be. He has his scientist protagonist tell another character to sit there if she has to fly in a plane he knows to have a fatal design flaw.