|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 2):|
you would be carrying tons of extra weight for something that you will probably never use,
|Quoting xero9 (Reply 3):|
I also can't think of any crashes off the top of my head that could have been saved by such a system. I suppose if a plane had some kind of hydraulic failure and that preventing the crew from controlling the aircraft they could reduce power on the engines, let the plane slow down, then deploy the chute. Aside from that, I'm not sure of any other situations where it could result in a more favorable outcome.
Can anyone else think of any situations?
|Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):|
o You have a problem at 40,000 feet the airframe starts to break-up or all power is lost and the aircraft is uncontrollable and have to deploy the parachute. It gently lowers you to the ground. But all on board died because of lack of oxygen! The amount of supplemental oxygen on board is limited and descending by parachute would be too slow.
|Quoting Whappeh (Reply 12):|
Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 9):
Having skydived with a parachute a few times, I can tell you it's not really that gentle. I certainly wouldn't want to do it on broken ground.
Given the alternative, I'd take that chance.
|Quoting dl767captain (Reply 11):|
I say just eject the roof and eject the seats in a machine gun style one after the other each with their own parachute! That's easy to do right?
|Quoting tsugambler (Reply 15):|
I was always under the impression that one of the leading causes of death in airplane crashes was fire. I have heard about many accidents where the crash itself was relatively survivable, but the passengers died from the resulting fire. If a parachute system is too heavy/inefficient to be practical, is there instead any possible kind of fire-suppression system that could be put into play for a crash?
|Quoting Wingscrubber (Reply 14):|
Since we're considering the concept, does anybody know the rough weight of a martin-baker ejection seat and parachute?
Just wondering how much weight that would add to the average economy cabin
|Quoting rwessel (Reply 17):|
And then there's the question of what you do with the double-deckers...