Are you afraid of flying by plane? Or you just can not understand how that a huge metal contraption of those can float so high in the sky? Well, there are myths and truths about flying a plane that most people do not know. For being a
technical knowledge that is difficult to access, usually limited to pilots and crew, is that people are unaware of these technical aspects of aviation, which may help feed even more the fear of flying. So to understand a little better this
process, we have here 7 truths about flying by plane that you certainly did not know!
Is it true that the aircraft door like being opened in mid-flight?
This is a lie. The doors of an aircraft only open when the interior pressure and
pressure of the airplane are virtually one and the same, which, in mid-flight, is
clearly impossible, due to the drop in pressure at high altitudes. That is, the risk of
you flying out of one of the doors is virtually impossible, because the doors
operate in accordance with the pressure between the internal and external environments of the aircraft.
In case of fall, is the middle region of the plane the safest?
In a way, this is true. Time magazine, based on the data provided by civil aviation agency in the United States (FAA), made a has shown that the safest positions on a falling aircraft are rear seats and the middle armchairs. Some accidents occurred in Brazil, in which only the people who were sitting in the last seats survived, corroborate these data. However, this is very difficult to be predetermined because the conditions and circumstances can vary greatly from one air crash to another.
A storm increases the risk of an accident, and a airplane?
This is not true. What happens is that, in case of a storm, the visibility is committed. But even if a lightning strikes the aircraft, it danger to passengers because the aircraft was made exactly to receive this kind of discharge. It may be that the ship’s systems are affected, but the safety of passengers is not reached. At the time of landing, a full inspection of the systems will be performed, and the aircraft will return to normal operations. Being so it does not have like a lightning bolt to take down your plane, since it has already left the factory prepared to receive such downloads.
Can birds bring down the plane?
This is true, but only in very specific cases. Larger birds can cause serious damage to aircraft, but only in cases where they hit the engine or the turbine with force enough to damage the vanes, that is, the large propellers that suck the air. The remains of the bird can enter the engine and ignite the turbine. However, such accident is very unusual for two reasons. The first is that the aircraft turbines nowadays are made to be able to withstand collisions with objects of up to 3.6 kg (the buzzard, for example, weighs only 1.5 kg). The second is that the altitude at which the aircraft fly
is much higher than that achieved by birds.
It is true that the most dangerous moments are the takeoff and the landing?
That’s true. During landing and takeoff, the pilot has his reaction time for dramatically reduced emergency maneuvers. Although they more rare and less serious than a fall, these types of incidents, according to
2009 statistics released by Boeing, account for about 84% of total accidents, with 43% occurring during takeoff and 41% during descent and landing.
Incidentally, the rarer accidents are those that occur during the flight, when the plane is already in the cruising altitude. According to Boeing, only 16% of fatal modality. So in short, yes, take off and land are the most dangerous parts of one flight, so keep your belts tight especially during those moments!
Do the seats float in the water and have parachutes?
Yes and no. In fact, the seats present in the aircraft are floating, which is certified by competent bodies in this area, and can support up to 100 kg of weight. However, the second part is a lie, since, as a rule, there is no seats on commercial flights. The only exception seems to be KLM, a the Netherlands with its head office in the city of Amstelveen. Maybe the doubt has emerged from what is seen in American films or documentaries of the great wars
aircraft pilots, usually single-engine or twin-engine aircraft, A button is available to eject the seat and to land safely using a parachute.
Can the flight attendants of the crew be able to arrest a passenger?
That’s true. To begin with, the highest authority on an aircraft is the captain. Therefore, a prison can only be carried out under his orders. And only in extreme cases, when the person being arrested presents a serious threat to the flight, for the other passengers or herself. The person is detained with the use of handcuffs, available on all airplanes. When a person is arrested, the jurisdiction, or authority to punish, shall be determined by the flag of the aircraft. For example, if a French citizen is arrested in an aircraft of Gol, a Brazilian airline, even if during a flight over international waters, it will be under the jurisdiction of Brazil, due to the national flag of the airplane.
As you can see, there is a lot of misinformation regarding the aspects aviation technicians. According to the Greek philosopher Plato, ignorance is the root of all evil, and it is certainly at the origin of the phobia that many people have to fly by plane. Thus, if you feel fear or any hesitation in flying, or simply you are a curious person, it is good that some of the main myths about flying by plane, endorsed by common sense, are demystified, making the experiment less uncomfortable.