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Photo diaries from travels around our humble globe are still being posted; the unemployment diary has been downsized as i am now employed! I hope to post stuff to keep you distracted from your respective employment.

Friday, October 07, 2005

"In the event of a water landing...."

I used to fly a lot with my old job. Once or twice a month.

And what I was always amused with, was the concept of a water landing.

Now, even a flight from London to Newcastle required me to be re-familiarised with the safety procedures "in the event of a water landing." I suppose, just in case we went down in the lake district. But I digress.

Have you ever heard of a water landing? We've all seen the pictures in the safety cards. Have you heard of a major airline landing in the water, the seat cushins being used as flotation device, your inflateable lifejacket (with attention getting whistle) being used from under the seat, or the ubiquitous inflatable slide/raft things?

Because, as Tyler Durden pointed out, landing on the water at 500 miles per hour probably wouldn't go so smoothly.

So let us turn to the internet for some fun and education.

Education: why not read this short article writen by a pilot about the plausability of a water landing. I particularly like the part that reads “shatter like a raw egg dropped on pavement, killing most if not all passengers on impact, even in calm seas with well-trained pilots and good landing trajectories."

Fun: why not see how internet jokesters have amused themselves with airline safety sketches. They're old as the hills, they are hilarious, and heck, why not? It's not like what they said in the first place made much sense anyhow.


  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Martini said…

    Howard Hughes' crash into that posh neighbourhood truly was a miracle then. Since houses and trees are lumpy and stuff, you'd think if he survived, then a plane could logically make a water landing.

  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Rainypete said…

    I always sit in the tail of the plane. When was the last time a plane backed into a building or mountain right?


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