A Ukrainian aviation engineer may have come up with a way to survive a plane crash. Tatarenko Vladimir Nikolaevich has designed a plane with a detachable cabin, one that ejects any time the plane is in trouble. The passenger “capsule” is equipped with parachutes and inflatable pontoons to cushion the impact. They also work in the event of a water landing.
The cabin’s prototype features luggage storage in the floor so passengers won’t lose anything during the event.
“While aircraft engineers all over the world are trying to make planes safer, they can do nothing about the human factor,” said Nikolaevich.
Nikolaevich claims that most engineers forget about the human element of a crash scenario and put too much emphasis on other safety. When surveyed most people seem to like the idea of the detachable cabin. The project isn’t without its critics though, some people wonder if the cabin would be able to land safely at all and what about the pilots?
The new design would also compromise the strength of the airframe, putting joints and connectors on the fuselage.
What do you think? Would a detachable cabin make you feel safer while flying?
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