Study on Transport Airplane Unplanned Water Contact
Final rept. 1981-1982
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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This study provides for an identification of accident scenarios and associated occupant risks and survival equipment needs, relating to the inadvertent or unplanned water contact of transport category airplanes. This identification was obtained, in part, from the results of contractual studies of transport accident data. The subject study concludes that while the unplanned water contact of a transport airplane occurs less frequent than corresponding ground contact, the impact loads are often higher, leading to greater fuselage damage. Also, the unplanned water contact occurs more frequent than a planned water landing ditching and usually involves adverse flooding conditions. These conditions, in turn, affect the ability of occupants to retrieve, deploy andor don on-board floatation equipment.
- Safety Engineering
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