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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: Catacomb
Flying is as common as driving a bus to school, so it should be as safe as that, as well.
Flying is already safer than taking the bus.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
Air travel is incredibly safe. If you look at the statistics of the last few years, the number of accidents is so low as to be almost 0 on commercial flights. It's almost as safe as it can possibly be made.
originally posted by: buddah6
a reply to: Jonjonj
I guess I'm the only one on ATS to have used a parachute in an emergency. Ejections are NOT for the untrained like airline passengers particularly the physically unfit. I was a fit 40 years old who ran 5 miles about every other day not a cubical dweller.
When the ejection sequence is initiated you start by pulling about 14 Gs for about 2.5 seconds which launches you 243 ft above the airplane where you and your seat part ways. A small ballistically opened chute is deployed followed by your main parachute. Depending on your height at the time of the ejection will determine your time before you will hit the ground. I ejected at ground level and about 90 mph so my time was maybe a second.
I sustained a compress spine, a ruptured diaphragm, a broke ankle and second degree burns. My crewman was unhurt. This was at 90 mph not 400 like passenger planes fly.
Let me list a couple of considerations.
Do you what to jump into a wind blast of over 400 mph?
Do you know how to put on a parachute harness and how long would take?
How would you exit the airplane safely?
How would you exit without striking the wings or engines.
How long would it take for an old woman/man or woman with children to prepare to jump?
What would you do with a person who hesitates to jump?
What would you do if you had a parachute malfunction?
Just a few consideration to think about.