The Reason Why Are Water Landings Dangerous



Anyone interested in learning why are water landings dangerous may proceed to read the blog. As we all know, a controlled emergency landing on water is known as ditching. It can be caused because of multiple conditions, but the most common are engine failure or a lack of fuel. An uncontrollable cabin fire started by an uncontained lithium battery fire started by and iPhone is another real concern especially over water. The pilot may only have 2 options and that is to die by fire or drowned in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic, neither are preferred. On a typical flight across the north Atlantic it is estimated there are approximately 2000 lithium-ion batteries on each flight so the possibility of a battery fire is not as remote as one might think. Only when there is no other option do pilots decide to ditch an airplane. Pilots do not receive much preparation for ditching, despite the challenges. Unlike landing on a runway, there are several aspects that the pilot has no control over it at all.

Watch Out for the Waves!

The waves are the most noticeable. The landing becomes riskier as the waves grow bigger. Pilots attempt to land parallel to the waves rather than across them in order to avoid the waves pushing the plane around, which might also damage the aircraft, harm passengers, and make escaping more complicated.

Making matters even more difficult for a pilot would be ditching at night were trying to align parallel to wave may not be possible since the pilot might never be able to see the direction of wave movements……. then what????

To avoid a rough landing, pilots must keep the wings level and establish a not-too-steep approaching angle while ditching. Passengers on-boarded on the aircraft will be instructed to prepare for impact. For anything that is strewn around in the cabin will have to be tied down. The weather is also a significant factor. Clear skies provide a pilot with more management over the plane and greater visibility. To keep the plane from splitting apart, pilots must balance all of these elements since there is a significant risk of flooding if an aircraft crash.

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