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Could ejector seats save lives in commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

If cost were no issue (it could be done cheaply), would installing ejection seats for passengers possibly save lives? There are certain scenarios (albeit extremely rare ones), where the crew may know ...
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Airframe parachute on commercial airlines [duplicate]

My question, would a multi-deployment airframe parachute system be viable on a commercial airline? For example, Grumman & Cirrus already use this system. As with the automobile industries, they ...
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Why is it that only light aircraft are equipped with airframe parachutes? [duplicate]

Why is it that only light aircraft (like Cessnas and Cirrus') are equipped with airframe parachutes? Isn't it possible for at least slightly larger aircraft to have this feature? And isn't there a way ...
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What safety systems are currently being developed for crash situations? [duplicate]

I know commercial airplanes are gradually becoming safer thanks to the development of systems that are able to avoid the conditions that would lead to a fatality. But is anybody developing systems for ...
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Crash-landing in the sea [duplicate]

A recurring theme I come across is how, in an emergency, it is safer for a passenger craft (such as an Airbus) to try to land on the ground rather than at sea. My understanding is that the main reason ...
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Why are commercial flights not equipped with parachutes for the passengers?

I understand that commercial flights are equipped with life vests. I also understand that most military jets are equipped with ejection seats. It may be costly and technically challenging to equip ...
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Even after years of research, why are planes unable to keep passengers alive in case of a fiery crash?

Aviation dates back to the 18th century, and since then tremendous research has been put into making aircraft safer and more efficient. Though these efforts have resulted in better aircraft, why are ...
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Why don't commercial jet aircraft have a break-apart, parachute escape system?

Imagine that the pilots on a jet aircraft determine that it will crash. Consider what would happen if the design of the craft allowed it to: Break into four pieces Each piece is pressurized ...
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Why don't commercial aircraft adopt a slightly more seaplane-like design to allow safer ditching in case of emergency?

For example : Why don't they have a more hydrodynamically shaped fuselage underside ? Specifically for the aircraft that have their engines mounted under the wings, isn't this too dangerous for ...
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Why don't they build airplanes from 3D printer plastic?

I'm not an expert in this field. My assumption is that there are plastics lighter and stronger than the materials used to build planes. So that would make plane lighter and thus would consume less ...
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Why don't airliners carry radar jamming technology or missile counter measures?

Why is it that commercial passenger aircraft that fly through dangerous areas don't carry some sort of electronic counter measure to defend themselves from missiles? Between terrorism and the various ...
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Does a prone position for the pilot minimize g-force effects?

Knowing that the Wright Flyer was the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft, I'm fascinated by its operation requiring a prone position. Searching further, I was surprised to find out ...
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Why are movable rocket thrusters not used in airplanes?

If an engine fails in a passenger airplane, why can't it have movable rocket thrusters in the wings to help safely land the airplane?
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Airbags in aircraft - is that just a military thing?

The Bell OH-58D (a military helicopter used by the USA) has an airbag to make life better in the event of a crash. I had never heard of such a thing in an aircraft before and I wondered if this ...
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Airline safety: what happened between 1959 and 1962?

The graph on page 17 (PDF page 18) of this Boeing air safety publication shows the fatal accident rate for commercial jets in the US and Canada dropped from about 40 per million departures in 1959 to ...

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