Water may look smooth and calm from the sky, but when you’re in a plane, experiencing an all-engine failure, and your only option is to make a water landing, that very stretch of smooth and calm water is the last place you want to land.
However, in certain cases, a well-planned (and well-executed) water landing is much safer than an attempt to land a plane on trees, or in a forest – unless, of course, you don’t know how to swim.
But even then, however, there is plenty of time to improvise after you ditch your plane in water. After all, a good water landing results in the aircraft staying afloat for a considerable period of time after impact. This is the aftermath of the famous water landing of a US Airways jet airliner on the Hudson River. If you’re expecting to experience a water landing anytime soon, you might want to remember what this pilot did:
That is exactly what you want from a landing on water: your aircraft intact and afloat, and enough time for you and your passengers to get to safety.
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