What happens if a passenger plane has too little fuel due to a leakage and the nearest runway is an aircraft carrier. Could they then land on the aircraft carrier?

I’ll have a look at the planes at Schiphol.I then see, when an airplane lands, how much distance the landing occupies.

The length of an aircraft carrier is therefore not long enough for the landing of a passenger plane.

The pilot may consider landing the plane on the water, near the ship (or any other ship) so that they can be rescued quickly.

Short answer?This is not possible.

Long answer?The ‘ runway ‘ of an aircraft carrier is on average its 500 feet (150 meters) long. A Boeing 737 – 800, currently the most popular airliner, needs a runway of 8200 feet (2499 meters). Then you come a few meters too short.

A fighter jet already needs more than 500 feet.That’s why they use a ‘ tailhook. ‘ At the start of the runway there are 3 ‘ ropes. ‘ During the landing, the tailhook goes down and is hooked on one of these ropes. Easily said, this is a kind of elastic that slows down the plane.

A airliner does not have its tailhook and therefore cannot land on a Carrier.The wingspan of a airliner is many times larger than a fighter jet. A carrier does not have the space for it.

There have been some large planes landed on carriers.On 30 October 1963, a C130 Hercules landed at the USS Forrestal, a carrier of the United States Navy, without tailhook. See here the images of this landing.

An aircraft carrier is not even for the hunters out there from taking off long enough.When landing, it hooks to a braking system with a cable stretched over the deck. A passenger plane, even a smaller one, would just roll over here. That is much higher and is not built up anyway.

Your question has a different side though.An airplane without fuel is a large part of weight lost, so rolling out on landing is shorter. The pilot should in theory have to discharge other fuel and for his descent to the ship should be in gliding (without propulsion) and flaps as long as possible, to discharge as much speed as possible. And find an almost impossible angle to land here. When his corner with the ship is small (so does not come almost straight down), he lands smoothly, but he rolls far out. When his corner is large, he lands unimaginably hard, but he also has a large part lost his forward energy and needs to roll out less long. But a plane that sinks through its feet is a great fear. If the wing rips and sparks, or what he is clapping against, you have a big problem. The kerosene is not as explosive as the gas that has remained behind, in the empty wing. A small passenger plane would probably be an attempt, but it has already had extensive consultations with experts on the radio.

A big airplane wouldn’t do it anyway.This would make a belly landing on water, near the aircraft carrier.

1 more thing.A large airplane that makes a further journey flies at 10km altitude. If they have a fuel leakage, they are likely to be at the nearest runway, before depositing.


Most likely the carrier and its escort will perform a landing on the water later which is as favorable as possible for the passenger plane and for a rescue.

It is likely that helicopters will be in the air to rescue as soon as possible and medical teams will be ready.Smaller boats will also be kept ready.

Although it should theoretically be possible to allow a small passenger plane to land, even without tailhook, this is very risky to be ridiculously dangerous.How small the plane should be and what the odds are, I leave it to the experts but people on the carrier will be able to do the “numbers” quite quickly. They will always choose for their own safety and that comes in as good as all cases then down on a landing on the water.

At best, it will depend on whether it is a small passenger plane. Planes for aircraft carriers have been specially adapted e.g. the F-35.And before landing, they seem to have some sort of hook to grab something to quickly slow down.

1.There is an aircraft carrier not long enough for that.

2.No one commander of an aircraft carrier will give permission to land. The number of deaths can only go up!

That’s definitely not!!

Even those small jets need a cable to slow down.You need at least 1000 meters to land with a passenger plane.

And not even talked about the wingspan of the wings of a passenger plane.

What could be an advantage, is on the water landing next to an aircraft carrier.In any case, you have some help when you get into the water.

See picture as example how big a plane is

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