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Old 08-26-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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Maybe they can charge extra if you want the vest? http://www.gadling.com/2008/08/25/to-save-weight-airlin...208390857x1200459697
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Maybe they can charge extra if you want the vest? http://www.gadling.com/2008/08/25/to-save-weight-airlin...208390857x1200459697
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I'd gladly pay them extra to NOT crash the plane.

In reality, if a plane goes down it is going to shred when it hits the water anyway. Life vest or not, it really won't matter.
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Does anyone know how many times (if ever) the life vests have been needed in a (crash) landing?
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There is a difference in a crash and a necessary controlled ditching of an air craft. In the US I think the requirement for the life vests has to do with how many miles they fly out in open water. Not an aviation expert though.

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This was one example. I remember seeing a documentary about it several years ago. The Coast Guard cutter was on station as "Ocean Station November". Those people were probably saved by the over-built design of the Boeing 377 in addition to the skilled pilots. The 377 was based on the B-50, which was an upgraded B-29. It was an extremely sturdy airframe.
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