New Aircraft Safety System Proposes Detaching Entire Cabin In Case Of Emergency

January 20, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

The passenger cabin detaches from a falling airplane
Photo credit: Screen capture from video by Vladimir Tatarenko

Good idea?

A Ukrainian inventor, Vladimir Tatarenko, has unveiled a newly patented aircraft safety system he has worked on for the past three years.

The safety system he developed incorporates the cabin of a plane that detaches from the aircraft in case of an emergency. During an emergency, the lower part of the cabin (the “fuselage”) where passengers are seated with their luggage could undergo a mechanical separation from the aircraft in cases of extreme circumstances where passenger lives could be at risk. The separated cabin will be equipped with additional parachutes and inflatable material to make sure a safe landing would be possible on land or at sea.

Although the idea by Vladimir looks promising, in 2013 he had proposed a similar safety system for which he received a lot of criticism. There are still a lot of questions to be asked about the new safety system, for example what about the pilots? The cockpit is not included in the separation of the cabin, and their lives would ultimately still be at risk. And how would the cabin be controlled to land safely in rough terrain areas?

Detachable planes might sound like something from the future but Airbus has already unveiled plans for a detachable cabin as early as November 2016. Airbus would use detachable cabins for convenience rather than safety; nonetheless the concept is very similar.



What do you think about his idea? Could it work?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below! It might make flying just a whole lot more comfortable knowing an alternative safety system can launch in real life emergencies to help save lives.

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