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(Fox News)   Apparently, jumping from an airplane just before it crashes does NOT work   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, airplanes, Florida's Polk County  
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2012-06-14 07:15:04 PM  
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FTA "Investigators say it appears the right wing of the plane somehow separated when the plane was at about 25,000 feet."

The right wing probably decided that the Lucky Ducky fuselage was not contributing to the lift at all so why should it shoulder the burden?
2012-06-14 05:59:43 PM  
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orbister: If it's any consolation, at 25,000 he would almost certainly have lost consciousness very, very quickly - in the first couple of breaths. I doubt he knew what was happening.

That, and at this point he doesn't remember it anyway.
2012-06-14 05:06:38 PM  
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eraser8: But, jumping right before impact in a free-falling elevator still works, right?

Sorry, kiddo. The only thing you can do if you get stuck in a falling elevator is tuck your head between your knees and kiss your arse good-bye. It's a simple matter of physics. Let's say, for purposes of illustration, that your falling elevator reaches a terminal velocity of 100 feet per second. Even if you manage a leap of Nureyevian proportions, you'll only reach a speed of maybe 5-10 feet per second. (For purposes of comparison, a sprinter doing 40 yards in five seconds is moving at 24 feet per second--horizontally, of course, and with room to work up a little velocity.) That leaves you with a net downward velocity of 90-95 feet per second. In short, Pancake City.

/totes wrote that all by myself....
2012-06-14 05:04:01 PM  
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Charlie Freak

FloydA: Walker: "He was not in the plane when the plane hit the ground, he was thrown from the aircraft while it was coming to the ground. We've had several different witnesses tell us it was flat and it was rotating."

His body was flat and rotating?

No, the ground.

No, the airplane.

No, the witness.
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