What we did not know about flights and airplanes
In 1973, the airline was founded under the name Freelandia. She offered passengers water mattresses and other fancy services, but went bankrupt in 1974.
In 1994, the commander of the Aeroflot allowed his son to sit in the pilot's seat during the flight. The boy turned off the autopilot, and the plane fell, while 75 people were killed.
In fact, there is an instruction on how to properly fall from an airplane without a parachute.
In 1955, Jack Graham exploded a plane to kill his mother. Surprisingly, he was convicted of only one murder, although 44 people died. This happened because the organization of an explosion in an airplane at that time was not considered a state crime.
Your chance to die in an accident is 1 in 5000. Your chance to die in an airplane is 1 in 11,000,000.
According to the US National Transportation Safety Committee, an average of 76% of passengers survive even in the worst air crashes.
Flight attendants of United Airlines were forbidden from marriage until 1968.
In 1975, cadet Stuart Avent jumped out of a small plane, but his parachute got entangled in the fuselage.He opened the reserve parachute, and the entire plane safely landed on the ground by parachute.
In half of the large airports in Britain, it is cheaper to park a small plane than a car.
In 1994, Oborn Calloway, a depressed flight engineer from FedEx, tried to hijack a plane and hammer a crew to death. Despite numerous injuries, the team managed to carry out such extreme maneuvers as the “half-breast” to make Calloway lose her balance and cope with it. In the end, they took control of the situation and landed.
In 2002, a collision of cargo and passenger aircraft occurred near the Swiss-German border due to an error in the Swiss dispatch system. Two years later, Vitaly Kaloyev, who lost his family in this disaster, killed the Swiss dispatcher Peter Nielsen, who was on duty during the disaster, with a knife.
Singapore Airlines aircraft have special cabinets for the bodies of passengers who died during the flight.
Lufthansa staff found that tomato juice is more popular during the flight than at the airport, because the pressure in the cabin influences our perception, including taste.
In 2001, both aircraft engines stalled over the Atlantic, but the first pilot Robert Pishe saved the lives of all who were on board. How? He planned to the Azores.
VessEx is a company that returns stolen aircraft and ships from every corner of the globe, even from war zones.
In 1985, the first hijacking took place in Norway, but there were no casualties. The drunk hijacker gave away his weapon in exchange for beer.
Employees of American Airlines boast that they saved 40 thousand dollars a year because they removed olives from all the salads that are served on board.
In 2002, teenage Charlie Bishop flew to Little Tessna in the Tampa skyscraper in Florida. This happened only a few months after the September 11 attacks. Fortunately, Bishop was the only victim.
In 2001, Rowan Atkinson, known as “Mr. Bean,” flew with his family in a small plane over Kenya when the pilot lost consciousness. Rowan took control and ordered his wife to beat the pilot on the cheeks, after which he came to himself and landed the plane.
In Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to fly an airplane, but not allowed to drive a car.
In 1910, during the Los Angeles International Aviation Exhibition, William Boeing asked him to ride on an airplane, but everyone refused. Disappointed, he returned home to Seattle and founded the Boeing company.
On Southwest Airlines, overweight passengers who take up more than one seat should buy as many tickets as they need.
Black boxes are designed to withstand the harshest conditions. The black box with Air France 447 was removed from a depth of five kilometers, where it lay for two years. Despite the enormous pressure of the water that the box was subjected to, the investigators were able to decipher the data.
The XF-84H was the noisiest aircraft in aviation history. Even when he was standing on the ground, his screws rotated with such speed that they constantly broke the sound barrier. This even caused injuries to the technical staff.