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Why no whole-plane parachute system on commercial flights?

There are already parachute systems for small planes, so why aren't there any for bigger airplanes? Sure, most accidents happen during takeoff and landing, but that can easily be remedied with rockets, like military planes get. If the plane is too low to open the parachute, then jettison the wings (they could be cut from the plane with small explosives), fuel tanks and all flight control surfaces, and then use rockets to propel the airplane upwards and give it some altitude from where it's safe to deploy the parachute, no?

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Aircraft too heavy. Weight is extremely valuable/expensive and the weight of a parachute system would be too heavy and costly, sacrificing room for paying passengers.

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