Parachutes, in theory, are supposed to make falling out of an airplane a survivable event. A recent study by people from the Harvard Medical School has shown that they’re unnecessary, however! The odds of you surviving a jump from an airplane are just the same regardless of whether or not you’re wearing a parachute … Of course, that’s assuming the airplane you jump from never leaves the ground.
Tech Times reports: In an experiment, Robert Yeh, from Harvard Medical School, and colleagues recruited 23 people to find out if parachutes are effective at preventing injuries and death in people falling out of an airplane.
Half of the participants jumped out of the planes with parachutes while the other half jumped out with just empty bags strapped to their back.
And then one participant, a wascally cartoon rabbit, jumped out of the plane with a backpack stuffed with a grand piano.
The findings showed that the parachutes made no difference in the odds of the participants of living or dying.
While the experiment may sound dangerous, the researchers did not actually make people jump out of a fast moving aircraft thousands of feet up in the air. No one would be foolish enough to participate in a study with such a dangerous setting.
I don’t know. If you go around a college campus during finals week I’m willing to bet you’ll find a fair share of suicidal people.
The study only tested the effectiveness of parachutes on people falling just a few feet toward the ground from a plane that was not moving at all.
The researchers said the real reason why they did not find any change in the death rate is because no one died from the experiment. Who dies from just jumping out of a plane parked on the ground?
That depends entirely on how you land!