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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

Vic

Only thing which might be of value could be the ability to jettison a burning engine, leaving the rest of the aircraft intact

You sort of have that - the engines are fixed to the airframe with low melting-point pins. In the event of a (serious) fire, the pins melt and the engine falls off.

I expect in reality even that would be of minimal use

ISTR an aircraft dropping an engine over Schiphol about 20 years ago. It didn't end well...

Vic.

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