# Can water landing be simulated?

Is is possible for a flight simulator software to simulate the real time scenario of landing an aircraft on a water body. There are instances of this (Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, US Airways Flight 1549) and the results were catastrophic/great based on the type of water body they landed on and the situation which brought them there and several other parameters.

But I want to know if it is possible for a complex computer program to create this scenario effectively and thereby better equip the pilot ?

• I like "water landing" as an euphemism for "an airplane crash in the water."
– MaxW
Oct 28, 2015 at 3:27

• afaik, the problem with the simulation of such an impact is the free surface condition (the boundary between air and water): it creates several complications in simulating the behaviour of the water mass and thus in computing the forces exerted.