Re: Plane crashes and other accidents

Ian Goddard (
Thu, 16 Apr 1998 13:54:16 -0400

At 06:08 PM 4/16/98 +0200, Anders Sandberg wrote:
>Doesn't most airplane accidents occur during start and landing (not to
>mention while on the ground)? In that case, parachutes would not be
>very useful during the accidents.

IAN: That's correct. Mid-flight accidents are very
rare. Your greatest chance of dying in-flight is by
far during take off and highest during the landing.

Mid-flight accidents are usually collisions or bombs,
in which case the fatal catastrophe is so fast one
would probably not have time to put on a parachute.
Engines can go out mid-flight, but the pilots can
still manage to land, but once again, it's the
landing that will probably kill you.

Maybe in a case like that people should have
the option of bailing out with a parachute
prior to the high-risk landing.

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