Q asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 10 years ago

A lot of airplane questions?

I'm afraid of flying so I just wanted to ask some questions to feel more safe.

Is a plane's exteriors/walls strong? Are they thick?

Are the plane's windows safe?

How safe is a plane really?

How many people die in airplane crashes a year?

Is it possible to fall out of a plane?

Is it possible for an airplane to just break in half in the sky?

Is it true that your more likelier to be in a crash during take off than during turbulence and landing?

Sorry for my ridiculous questions.

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  • 10 years ago
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    1. The structure of an airplane is built to be strong and light at the same time. This is accomplished by building in strength where it is needed, but not where it's unnecessary. For example, the walls of the airplane are extremely strong in tension, which allows them to easily handle the pressurization inside the airplane. But they don't have much compressive strength, because they never need it (nothing will ever compress the walls, so they don't have to be able to resist that). By building the walls and the rest of the airplane to be strong where and only where it's need, engineers manage to build a very light, but very strong aircraft. It may look flimsy when you step inside, but it's astonishingly strong, despite appearances.

    2. Yes, the windows are safe. You could park a truck on those windows and they would not break. And there's more than one layer to that window. The part you see inside is the easy part; there are much stronger parts behind it.

    3. An airplane that is properly maintained is very safe. And very heavy regulation of the aviation industry means that airplanes get very carefully maintained. If you maintained your car as well as airlines maintain their airplanes, you could drive it for the rest of your life without a single breakdown. The industry is paranoid about safe maintenance. Every nut and bolt is traced and numbered, even turn of a screwdriver is documented and signed off. Even changing a light bulb requires using certified parts installed by qualified mechanics. Nothing is left to chance. If you maintained a car that way, just fixing a flat tire would cost $20,000 … but then again, you'd never have to fix a flat tired, because it would be replaced before it had a chance to wear out.

    4. In 2007 and 2008, U.S. airlines carried 1,500,000,000 passengers, and the number of deaths in crashes was … zero. The risk of dying in an airplane crash today is 1 in 53,000,000. To put that in perspective, that means that even if you started taking plane rides twice daily when the ancient Egyptians started building the Great Pyramid, you still would have only a one in seven chance of having been killed in a crash by now—5000 years later.

    5. No, it is not possible to fall out of a plane. The doors are closed during the flight, and they are "plug-type" doors that are pressed against their frames when the cabin is pressurized. Even the Incredible Hulk cannot open the doors while the airplane is in flight.

    6. Anything is possible, but airplanes do not normally break in half. If the airplane is struck by a meteor or flies through a tornado, it might break in half, but no ordinary flying is going to do that.

    7. Most accidents involve the ground, so whenever you are close to the ground, the risk is higher. That's one reason why airliners fly high. At 36,000 feet, there's nothing in the world that you can hit—even Mount Everest is more than a mile below you.

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  • 10 years ago

    Screw the negative responses.

    1. No they are not thick, they are however, designed to with stand quite a bit of stress.

    2. The windows are safe.

    3. Very few people die in the USA due to aircraft accidents/incidents, you are more than likely going to die in a car accident on the way to the airport.

    4. See answer 5, leave your seat belt on. The two aircraft accidents where a part of the aircraft separated in flight the only people that got sucked out of the airplane were the ones that were close to the hole and did not have there seat belt on. Even the passengers that were sitting right next to the hole, and they had there seat belts on survived.

    5. Sure it is possible for an aircraft to break apart, however, this is very rare, I think I have heard about 3 airplanes coming apart in flight, and two of them safely landed. The main thing to consider is always keep your seat belt on, unless you have to go to the restroom, leave your seat belt on.

    6. In any flight the most critical times are during takeoff and landing. This is due to the high workload of the pilots, and due to the Aircrafts close proximity to the ground.

    Again these aren't ridiculous questions, you didn't know, now you do.

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  • 10 years ago

    1. No, they're incredibly thin. Thick walls don't = strong walls. You could make a 20 foot thick wall out of jello. Doesn't mean it's strong.

    2. No, the windows are obviously unsafe. That's why they've been using them for the last 20+ years.

    3. Safer than a car. Not as safe as staying home. How do you expect to rate how safe it is?

    4. Go look it up. Not rocket science...

    5. And how do you imagine that would happen?

    6. Again, how do you imagine that would happen?

    7. Go look up the statistics.

    Seriously, if these are the kinds of questions you have, then nothing is going to help you feel more safe. Like you said, they're ridiculous.

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  • 6 years ago

    Aeroplanes are EXTREMELY safe

    1. The walls are very strong

    2. The windows are thick and will never break

    3.Very

    4. Not sure but not a lot

    5.Never no

    6. Never no

    7. Not sure probably

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  • 6 years ago

    1. Strong and light.

    2. Yes, they're two inches of laminated glass.

    3. Safe as a small cough.

    4. A person can live about 800 years if he flew everyday before dying in a crash.

    5. If you can push the doors open.

    6. If you shoot some missiles at it.

    7. More likely during landing.

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  • 6 years ago

    Considering I fly airplanes and know a lot about them, I consider them to be extremely safe in the right hands. The saying is, an airplane is the safest place in the world when it's in the air. It's when you get close to the ground you have issues ;)

    So to answer most of your questions, an airplane is an extremely safe place if handled correctly, which almost all commercial airliners are.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Is a plane's exteriors/walls strong? Are they thick?

    -Commercial planes walls (fuselage) are made of very resistent materials (composites or metals) which can hold a lot of pressure without breaking up. Just for you to know, in cruise flight the plane is submitted to very low temperatures (around -50ºC) and very low pressures. The fuselage is designed to take that with no problems.

    Are the plane's windows safe?

    -Sure, commercial planes have double windows, which are very resistent and can take up even bullet shots without tearing apart. Also, they are very resistant to dilatation, which could break them too.

    How safe is a plane really?

    -Very safe, planes have a lot of backup functions. Also, every plane with more than one engine is designed to be able to fly with one engine only (in case of a twin). Nowadays, jet planes have also a lot of equipments to avoid bad weather such as thunderstorms, snowstorms, etc.

    How many people die in airplane crashes a year?

    -Less than in any other transport, just keep that in mind.

    Is it possible to fall out of a plane?

    -That's almost impossible. For that to happen, the fuselage must break apart, which is fairly unlikely to happen.

    Is it possible for an airplane to just break in half in the sky?

    -Nowadays planes are kept under constant maintenance, which discard the chance of structural failures in flight.

    Is it true that your more likelier to be in a crash during take off than during turbulence and landing?

    -Take-offs and landings are the most critical part of the flight since the airplane is being held at its very minimal speeds. However, during landing pilots always keep speed above minimums so in case of any problems (wind gusts, turbulence, etc.) they will have enough control of the plane to be able to make a go-around (and try a new landing/approach).

    Don't be afraid of flying. As a real student pilot, I can assure you flying is one of the most safe transportation methods out there.

    Source(s): Real student pilot
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  • 6 years ago

    flying in a plane is safer than riding a car.

    modern airliners are very safe.

    dont worry

    of course airliners are strong

    How could you "fall out of a plane" ???

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  • 10 years ago

    Since your fears are irrational, no rational discussion is possible. Air travel is the safest way to travel.

    I too am learning to fly planes. Planes are cool. And fun.

    Source(s): Student pilot who did spins yesterday.
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  • 10 years ago

    I doubt the fear is of flying; rather it may be of dying. Address your own death and flying might prove to be really enjoyable. It is for me.

    Source(s): Own plane.
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