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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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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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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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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 is thrust vectoring not used on commercial jets?

Is there a particular reason for which thrust vectoring is not used in airliners as it is with military aircraft besides weight and complexity factors? I understand that on military aircraft ...
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Is there some technology which will help in stall recovery?

Although rare, it seems that there has been a number of cases where airliners have crashed as a result of a high altitude stall. I tend to picture this as entailing a long, uncontrolled descent where ...
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Airplane Parachute [duplicate]

I want to ask two questions. Why don't they have parachutes on a passenger airplane? Could it be possible to have a parachute designed for their airplane? Like a big parachute that can safe the ...
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Are there other practical means of 'slowing' down an aircraft, other than parachutes? [closed]

Whenever an airliner crashes, inevitably questions arise as to how can the planes be made safe and ultimately, how can we avoid loss of lives. Though statistically, modern airliners are safest ever, ...
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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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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 can't we think of mechanism to save people in case of airplane problem? [closed]

Given it is 21st century, why we can't think of mechanism which will save people in case there is problem with the airplane during flight? e.g. so that cases like MH370 don't happen? Is this really ...
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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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