July 26, 2010

You Can’t Make This Shtick Up – Parachutes

As told by a Customer:

I was just wondering why parachutes aren’t used on planes in case of an emergency. The way I see it is if anything were to happen to the plane couldn’t people put on their parachutes and then someone open the door and then people take turns jumping out?

It just seems to me it would be a more effective safety tool. When people go sky diving and things like that they are just as high up and the flight attendants could simply give a brief simulation of how to use it at the beginning of the flight. I would appreciate it if you could write back on why parachutes aren’t used on planes. Thank you.

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12 Comments on “You Can’t Make This Shtick Up – Parachutes”

  • Posted by Michael on July 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Or better yet, the plane should be made with the same materials as the blackbox…blackbox is always intact after an accident.

  • Posted by Les on August 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Amen!! I’m dead serious about both things.. I want a parachute, and there’s not reason why this should not be possible.

  • Posted by Les on August 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Amen!! I’m dead serious about both things.. I want a parachute, and there’s no reason why this should not be possible.

  • Posted by TommyBoy on August 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I’m not sure… what would a parachutist look like leaving the plane at 500 MPH? Should the lesson be given just before the flight attendant opens the door and everyone is sucked out to their grisly deaths?

  • Posted by Peony on August 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I wouldn’t want to get sucked into a turbine engine.
    Or get slashed in half over a horizontal stabilizer.


  • Posted by Matt on August 12, 2010 at 12:43 am

    It’s fun to imagine, but you can’t feasibly put 100-300 parachutes on planes without first having to consider carrying less passengers/cargo as the chutes can weigh 50 or more pounds. Secondly, you then have to train everyone onboard – who are panicked – how to jump successfully from the rear doors of the plane, while the pilots maintain a constant airspeed and altitude. In any situation where you’d want to parachute, it would be impossible because it would be likely that aircraft stability was compromised. Not to mention you have to be below 14,000ft and in a clearing. Lastly, you have a much better chance of surviving by staying inside the plane where the pilots can put her down safely, either at an airport or in a clearing, rather than frantically trying to jump out of it.

    I seriously can’t think of one situation where it would be advantageous to jump from the plane.

    As for the black box (which are actually orange), it used to be a small tape recorder (but now can be digital) wrapped in layers and layers of different fireproofing and strong, heavy, materials. To wrap a plane in that would make it extremely heavy, requiring much larger engines (and thus more material) and literally millions of gallons of fuel. The advantage would be outweighed by the environment and economic impact. Not to mention, it wouldn’t make you any safer, and probably would make planes LESS safe, as they’d be carrying more flammable fuel, be less aerodynamic etc etc.

    I know the forwards are just jokes, but I think many of the problems surrounding air travel come from a lack of understanding. Air travel is the safest way to go, hands down. As many of us say: the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport.

  • Posted by Marcello on August 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Well, it could be use in certain situations, but I doubt some one has the strengh to open an airbus door since the doors open against the wind, so would tend to close. But let s say with some modifications of the aircraft like a floor hatch to the cargo bin and aft belly, people could evacuate from the safest place to do so, that way will minimize the inpact against the possible 500 mph wind that will blast your eyes, at least. Also they ll need some proper wear to stand the low temps and at least a mini oxigen kit or so, otherwise the person will black out at hight altitude to wake up in a nightmare a minute later falling down spiraling toward the earth. many people thhough will not jump! but scream! not for the fainted hearth surely!

  • Posted by Jeff on August 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    The planes have to be redesigned like a military jet with ejector seats and explosive bolts that will deploy the canopy: read top of the plane. At 14,000 feet the canopy deploys. Then there should be automatically-controlled ejections so passengers and flight crew don’t collide midair. Remember, your seat cushion turns into a flotation device.

  • Posted by HiddenNameField on August 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Parachutes are expensive and they take *training*.
    That’s why.

  • Posted by Hi-O on August 17, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Best Answer: Allowing even one parachute on the plane would potentially encourage some nut to actually open a door and try to use the darn thing. That person could be a disgruntled attendant, a panic-attacked passenger, a terrorist, or just your average kook. By giving us just enough safety equipment they make us feel safe and in control, but it is actually a way of contolling us, keeping us happy in our seat. Giving us too much independt thought would lead to problems.

  • Posted by S.H. on September 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Parachutes require training for donning, doffing, landing, control while in flight, slow controlled airspeeds to leave the plane and none of those would be available in a situation where a pilot might actually need his passengers to leave the plane.

    Companies are making parachutes for planes themselves, but as far as I know, they are for small planes only so far.

  • Posted by Max on November 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    too bad you cant open the door in flight…..rememeber theres 8000 pounds of pressure pushing agains that door…so i mean hey, if u can pull of 8000 pounds of strength and pop the door open then by all means. lol

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