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Ever Wondered Why Do Planes Land Harder Than They Did 25 Years Ago? Here Is The Answer

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People who have been traveling through the air for a long time know this for a fact; plane landings were a lot less bumpy and “scary” back in the old days when apparently the technology wasn’t close to today’s advancement. So what are the reasons that the landings seem to be harder today?

To understand that, you’ll first have to get a grip on what are some of the factors that affect any plane landing:

During an aircraft’s soft landing, the wings’ lift is equal to the weight of the aircraft; meaning there is no traction on the wheels. But this means that the plane has to run longer on the runway, with the brakes being applied gradually to shed aircraft’s speed and thus lift. This might be possible in smaller aircraft, but can’t be afforded by the larger ones.

So to avoid running out of the runway, and to make sure the plane lands and stops within safe limits, a firm touchdown is necessary. This wasn’t made mandatory by the aircraft companies before, but given today’s tighter safety considerations, a “hard touchdown” has almost been made a routine practice.

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