Singapore flight turned back due to engine problems. Why didn’t it give parachutes to 243 people on board
On March 25, 2022, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER carrying 225 passengers and 18 crew experienced a problem shortly after takeoff when the captain noticed a vibration in one of the engines.The captain decided to fly the plane back to London for safety reasons.The Boeing 777-300ER with 243 people on board landed safely at London’s Heathrow Airport.Although the plane had engine problems shortly after takeoff, it eventually turned back safely, which is what we all hope for. After all, the plane is in the sky, and if there is an accident in the air, the consequences are terrible.Boeing 777-300ER, founded on July 15, 1916, is currently the world’s largest aerospace company. Many well-known military and commercial aircraft are produced by Boeing Company, such as Boeing 747, Boeing 757 and a series of commercial aircraft, among which the Boeing 747 is the world’s first wide-body commercial aircraft.Before the Airbus A380 came into service, the Boeing 747 was the world’s most passenger-carrying aircraft, a record it held for 37 years.Due to the good quality of Boeing’s aircraft, Boeing’s aircraft are all over the world. As many as 100 countries and regions have purchased Boeing’s commercial aircraft, and there are as many as tens of thousands of Boeing commercial aircraft in operation at the same time.The Boeing 777-300ER, which has engine vibration problems, is a wide-body twin-engine aircraft manufactured by Boeing Company, which is mainly used to replace the Boeing 747-100 and Boeing 747-200, so the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft can carry a considerable number of passengers, up to 550 passengers.The maximum range is more than 10,000 kilometers.Despite carrying more passengers and having a longer range, the 777-300ER is favored by customers because it is lighter and produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide than similar aircraft.The plane that Singapore Airlines returned with the problem is a Boeing 777-300ER. The specific problem is not clear at the moment, but it will be known until Singapore Airlines engineers conduct an investigation on the plane.Aircraft is currently the safest means of transport, the possibility of accidents than cars, railways and other modes of transport are much lower, however, because the aircraft is flying in the sky, in the process of flight will be affected by many aspects,For example, the flight conditions of the aircraft itself, the weather conditions, the operation of the crew and so on May affect the safety of the flight. Once an aircraft has problems during the flight, not all aircraft can safely return like the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER with 243 people on board.Given the potentially disastrous consequences of an in-flight accident, why didn’t engineers consider equipping passengers with parachutes?For airlines, or aircraft makers, passengers for aircraft equipped with parachutes cost is not high, completely within the scope of the able to endure, if equipped with parachutes can really reduce the happening of the accident, believe that airlines, aircraft manufacturers are willing to provide passengers with a parachute, but the truth is,Equipping passengers with parachutes does not increase their chances of survival.Parachuting requires expertise and experience, and parachutes aren’t necessarily safer.Because skydiving itself is a risky thing, even some experienced skydivers may not be able to complete 100% of the mission.A soldier in Colombia failed to open his parachute during a training jump and fell to the ground.For those with no experience of parachuting, there is no way to escape in a panic, let alone jump from a falling plane.Those captains had a lot of flying experience, but even the captains didn’t have parachutes, because it was safer and more reliable to crash land than to use parachutes.There is another reason why parachuting is not permitted in the flying environment of passenger planes. In order to better balance the efficiency of aircraft engines and aerodynamics, aircraft are usually flown at altitudes of more than 10,000 meters, which can save more fuel and lower operating costs.Flying at an altitude of more than 10,000 meters, which means the temperature outside the aircraft is very low and the oxygen is very low. This altitude is far above the normal jump altitude (500-1,500 meters). In such conditions, the probability of a successful jump is very low, and the probability of death is far greater than the survival rate.Under normal circumstances, the plane accident occurs mainly in taking off or landing stage, part of this accident is occurred in low altitude flight, a low-level stage, at this time of the plane is relatively low, the speed is relatively slow, if in such a high jump can be said to be the free fall, don’t have enough time to open the parachute.Moreover, today’s airliners typically have engines mounted under large wings, so jumping out of the plane can be sucked directly into the engine by strong air currents.Conclusion: There are many reasons why passengers are not equipped with parachutes. On the one hand, passengers generally have no experience in parachuting, and it is difficult to complete parachuting in the case of accidents. On the other hand, the flight environment and layout of passenger aircraft do not meet the requirements of parachuting.Therefore, passenger aircraft are generally not equipped with parachutes, and compared with jumping precipitously, the safety of the pilot control plane crash landing is higher.