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-Over the sea, such a forced landing is called a "ditching", and you do pretty m
uch the same thing, and the chance of survival up till now is broadly similar to
that over land. The problem is that, unlike a forced landing in a field, after
which you can sit down and relax with a nice cup of tea, after a forced landing
in the sea, your troubles are only just starting. In a light aircraft, you have
a couple of minutes to get out before the aircraft sinks, and this is not necess
arily easy as the pressure from the water will tend to make opening the doors tr
icky. Once you are out, although legally you will have a lifejacket with you and
so presumably won't drown, you have to get yourself rescued before hypothermia
sets in.
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-One important factor that hasn't neen mentioned is the weather conditions, and
specifically - the wave size. Obviously, with big waves water won't be such an a
ttractive landing surface and given that a good part of forced landings happen d
uring bad weather that's something to be born in mind. Particular, if a wing hit
s a wave this would cause the plane to spin.