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Today's design choices = limited chances of surviving a crash
Most Aircraft Deaths Unnecessary

In 1983, Professor Cantilli, of New York Polytechnic said:

"The use of Burnelli airliners would reduce
air crash fatalities by 85%."

Here are some of the reasons why he made this statement. The Conventional Airliner practice of attaching engines and landing gear to fuel tank supporting structure (see diagram below) in combination with excessively high take-off and landing speeds on overstressed tires is a perfect recipe for a fiery disaster.

In the conventional aircraft, fuel is stored under the passengers in the center of the aircraft (this was the fuel tank which exploded in TWA Flight #800). Some of the newer aircraft even store fuel in the horizontal tail fins. In case of accident, passengers are surrounded by fuel - alongside and behind and below (when gravity and the directional momentum of the aircraft are taken into account, this leads to most passengers being encircled by burning fuel.

"Moving the landing gear inboard and strengthening the fuselage to absorb the shock of landing would eliminate applying stress to the fuel tank supporting structure. This revision of the commonplace has been accomplished in the Burnelli "lifting wing" design. Another feature of this latter type aircraft is the shifting of fuel tanks so that they are not in direct line with the power plants and their exhaust outlets."

- GEORGE H. TRYON, III, National Fire Protection Association Secretary, NFPA Quarterly (Vol 40, No. 4) April 1947, page 264

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