Italy's University of Udine's HCI Lab created a virtual reality training simulator for the instance of an Emergency Water Landing. This operates on the Oculus Rift, recreating a dramatic environment that shows passengers how to potentially survive an impending water landing, based on real events that forced the US Airways Flight 1549 to land suddenly on water in 2008. The simulator includes screams, panic and cries from other people as water gushes into the plane, making it a realistic representation of the chaos that would ensue from such an event.
In the pressure of an emergency situation, quick thinking is required to make potentially life-saving decisions. Although do-overs are not possible in real life, tools for virtual reality training like this one make it possible to hone quick and smart decision-making skills in a completely risk-free environment.
In addition to its Emergency Water Landing, Udine's HCI Lab also has simulations for flight evacuations and medical training.