Friday, January 15, 2016

The plane that can detach its entire cabin in the event of an emergency: Concept can 'drop' passengers to safety using built-in parachutes

  • Parachutes attached to roof and rubber tubes inflate on bottom of cabin
  • Storage space holds passengers' luggage underneath the cabin
  • Previous design has a capsule released from plane's back


    
Engineers have revealed a radical new way to save plane passengers in the event of an emergency.

The design shows an aircraft with a detachable cabin that releases in emergency situations.

During take-off, landing or flight, the redesigned cabin detaches from the plane and safely lands on the ground or water– saving everyone's lives on board.

'Surviving in a plane crash is possible,' Vladimir Tatarenko, aviation engineer, told LiveLeak.

'While aircraft engineers all over the world are trying to make planes safer, they can do nothing about the human factor.'

Tatarenko is that mastermind behind the design and has been working on this project for the past three years, according to Independent.

Parachutes are attached to the roof of the cabin that are instantly released when the cabin is detached from the plane.

There are also rubber tubes that inflate to cushion the impact to the ground or water, and the inflatable devices seem strong enough to keep the cabin afloat.

'The existing technology of using of Kevlar and carbon composites for fuselage, wings, flaps, spoilers, ailerons, tail will be used during the design,' Tatarenko explained.

'It allows to partly compensate the weight of parachute system.'

The design includes a storage space that holds passengers' luggage underneath the cabin, so there won't be any lost luggage during the flight if it has to detach.

Independent explained viewers of the demonstration video have mixed reactions to the innovation.

Some are all for the cutting-edge design, while others are skeptical and feel it's impractical.

A few reservations pertain to the potential impact on the rest of the plane, the possibility of the detached cabin smashing into mountains or buildings and the escape plan for the pilots.

One person commented: 'Of the millions of flights a year, less than 500 people die worldwide a year from plane crashes.'

'Seems not terribly cost effective'

While another had concerns too: 'This whole concept dramatically weakens the airframe because now you have joints and fittings to connect a fuselage and a body together where once you had a whole fuselage to reinforce the airframe.'

However, a questionnaire conducted by the inventor found that 95% of people would be willing to buy a more expensive ticket in order to use such a safety system.

This isn't the first design the Ukrainian engineer has produced.

Last year, Tatarenko received patents for an invention with an escape capsule system that would rescue passengers on board.

The capsule would be released within seconds of the emergency situation and through a rear hatch at the tail end of the plane.

Once ejected, two gunpowder engines will take control to slow down the speed and then a parachute will pop out.

But, according to Tatarenko, it could not save lives if the plane explodes inside or comes under a rocket attack.

Story, photo gallery, comments, video:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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