Reasons airplanes avoid flying over the pacific ocean

December 23, 2021
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The Pacific Ocean is the deepest and largest ocean on the Earth, It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. It is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.

Traveling by air is currently the faster and safest way of transporting goods and services across the globe but there are some factors which might limit it, like bad weather, route, etc.

If you are very current with the aviation industry, you’ll notice that most commercial planes try as much as possible to avoid flying over the Pacific Ocean. Have you ever wondered why?

Well in this article, I will highlight two reasons why flying over the Pacific ocean is not advisable.

1. Curved Routes Are Shorter Than Straight Routes.

Our map appears to be flat but the Earth itself isn’t, so this brings a false distance between places, making a straight route appear shorter than a curve one.

While on air, the fastest way to get to your destination is to use a curve route because it is shorter. Flying over the Pacific ocean is longer, so pilots consider flying across it.

2. High Risk: Since the Pacific Ocean is a large body of water, flying over it is considered a bad idea because if a plane develops fault over it and needed an emergency landing, there would be a problem landing.

Furthermore, the occurrence of storms and the sea in the ocean would affect the free movement of planes.

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