posted on Sep, 6 2015 @ 03:56 PM
I was reading about things that pertain to airplanes and traveling on them. This got me to thinking about some things that do not make sense.
It was my understanding from a conversation I had with a pilot one day that if they have to choose between a water landing or a ground landing, they
would choose a ground landing if the choice was equal in circumstance, in other words if landing on either would cause more life on the ground or
water to be involved, they would choose the lesser of the two. However, if the lives on the plane are the only consideration they would choose to
crash a plane on land rather than water 99% of the time.
I was shocked when they told me this until they explained why, it makes more sense to me now, water molecules at the surface, before they are
disturbed, are actually stronger than the ground surface and that a plane would have a better chance of structural survival than if it hit the water.
The ground has more give apparently. I am not going to get into a debate about physics or try to explain the dispersal of energy at impact, just
found it interesting and wanted to share.
Why? This leads me to my second observation about planes, flotation devices seem rather useless. They could just fit each plane with an airbag, but
that is not going to matter, unless the plane is able to hit the water at an angle which would allow it to pierce the water and break that seal of
water molecules first, so that the impact did not cause the plane to disintegrate. Life boats would be better than flotation devices, at least those
things could be designed to open on impact. They could, also, serve as beacons for the distress, make them reflective with built in l.e.d. lights,
This leads me to another suggestion maybe they could have a retractable device or a remote buoy that could be launched before the plane hits the water
to break the surface molecules before the plane hits, reducing the impact of the water.
However, my last musing has to do with lessening the impact before hitting the ground or water, how about parachutes? Each plane could be fitted with
3 parachutes, catastrophic failure has most likely already occurred and wouldn't it be better to slow down the impact? This makes more sense to me
than instructing people how to grab their seat cushions to float on a ground based choice for impact.