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Saturday, March 12, 2005

False Hope

You know when you are on a plane, the flight attendent goes through the whole deal about how to put on the life jacket in case you crash in the ocean and need to float. Only three times in history has a large commerical aircraft managed to ditch in the sea and had anybody surivive. The plane has never in fact remain intacted and therefore the rafts have never been used. Given that the number of jets that have crash into the ocean, this would suggest that the odds are not very good. I figure that they are around 2%.
Sorry to be so gloomy. I wonder why I don't fly?

UPDATE: More research has just uncovered that some commerical planes have a air ram turbine. This is used when a plane runs out of fuel to provide power to the cockpit. This has happen twice and both times worked.


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