Last updated: 07:00 PM ET, Tue January 19 2016

New Airplane Design Has Detachable Passenger Fuselage

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | January 19, 2016

New Airplane Design Has Detachable Passenger Fuselage

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A new airplane design by Russian inventor Vladimir Tatarenko features a cabin that can detach in emergency situations and land safely via parachutes.

According to Charlie Atkin and Marta Portocarrero of The Independent, the Russian inventor—whose full name is Tatarenko Vladimir Nikolaevich—has been working on the design for three years, and has filed for several patents on the aircraft.

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Tatarenko has also released a video on his official YouTube page breaking down how the detachable cabin would work during takeoffs, mid-flight or landing emergencies:

The video suggest that over the last 10 years, eight percent of airplane accidents happen during takeoff, 71 percent happen during flights and another 21 percent take place during landings.

The purpose of the design is to allow for a removable lower part of the fuselage that will house the passengers and their luggage comfortably. Once separated from the plane, the fuselage would use parachutes to help make a soft landing or splashdown, allowing for search and rescue teams to find the passengers quickly.

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While the design has good intentions trying to save people, there is legitimate concern, including what happens to the pilots and the rest of the plane once the fuselage is detached and how is the fuselage protected from buildings or other obstructions?

 All viable questions that must be answered before this design takes off.


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