The video we are about to show you of a device to save passengers in case of emergency went viral on the internet this week. It shows a plane taking off normally, but the left engine caught on fire soon after and the aircraft begins its deadly free fall. This is a desperate scenario in which there’s no hopes for survival. That is unless the plane had this special safety system created by the Ukrainian aeronautical engineer Vladimir Tatarenko, in which a simple push of a button would be enough to save all the passengers in the plane.
The engineer, who has worked in the Antonov project and even participated in the creation of the giant AN-225 Mriya cargo aircraft, proposes creating a huge escape capsule for commercial aircraft, which can be launched from the back of the plane in case of emergency. As you can see in the video, the inner part of the aircraft’s fuselage would be the capsule itself. After being ejected from the aircraft, parachutes would open to slow down the fall of the capsule. Proximity sensors would set off rockets when approaching the ground to make for a smooth landing, which can happen on land or on water, where floating devices would be set off as well.
According to the description, the capsule can be ejected from the plane in less than three seconds. However, the application of the concept requires the aircraft to have a T-tail, which already rules out all commercial aircraft from Airbus and Boeing.
The inventor claims it would be extremely difficult to adapt his idea to already existing airplanes. It would be necessary to create a new model from scratch, which should be developed around the capsule, from the inside out. The Ukrainian engineer believes his project is valid for small and medium-sized aircraft since the escape capsule will significantly add onto the final weight of the aircraft and therefore its fuel consumption.
“The idea of an ejecting capsule in the commercial aircrafts is not new, but for years the research community was unable to bring it to life, because engineers could not find a material that will keep the weight of the aircraft and the number of seats in it at the current level,” Tatarenko toldXinhua.“But we have used carbon-fiber — a very strong and lightweight material, which proved to be suitable.”
Still, we are doubting the feasibility of this and we are yet to see any interest from commercial airlines in adopting this invention, obviously because it would reduce a number of seats and increase fuel consumption rate.