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Can a passenger jet be towed to safety if it breaks down in midair?

A car can be towed by a tow truck to the repair shop when it breaks down on the highway. Is it possible for a passenger plane to be towed by an emergency tow plane along the air corridor to the next ...
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9answers
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Pilot passed out in a small GA plane. What can a passenger do?

There is another question about airliners and if someone not qualified could land them. My question is about the steps I should take to stay alive in a small GA plane. Let say a friend of mine ...
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5answers
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Could a single engine pilot land a passenger jet? (from Airplane)

I'm assuming that almost everyone on this website has seen the movie Airplane at least a few times... Last time I was watching it I was wondering how plausible the actual act of having a single ...
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Has Air Traffic Control ever had to talk a first time pilot through a landing due to an emergency?

This question deals with the plausibility of the Hollywood cliché of a passenger on a commercial jetliner landing a passenger plane. My question is related but broader, and less hypothetical: Has ...
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3answers
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Would a random passenger be allowed to fix a problem with a commercial aircraft?

I just read an article about a man (who is alledgedly an airplane mechanic) who was a passenger on an airplane that had some mechanical issues. Because there were no 'local' mechanics around, he ...
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2answers
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If both pilots are incapacitated, what happens?

How do the airlines prepare for a situation where for some reason both PIC and SIC are incapacitated for the remainder of the flight?
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2answers
427 views

Has a passenger or cabin crew member ever flown an airliner?

Is there any documented case, excluding hijacking, where a passenger or cabin crew member had to fly an airliner (hands on yoke/stick) – even if just briefly – due to an emergency (pilot ...
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2answers
359 views

Which simulator is appropriate to learn the minimum to land an airliner?

If one has zero flight training, but wants to learn the basics, so that they might be able to land an airbus in a Helios 522 type scenario (or any double pilot incapacitation for that matter), what ...
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1answer
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What is the procedure if both pilots are incapacitated? [duplicate]

Let's say both pilots passed out , is there anyone else from cabin crew that is trained enough to land a plane?
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1answer
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How can passengers help in the cockpit in an aviational emergency? [closed]

During an emergency solely related to aviation (ie not a medical situation), suppose that some airline passenger believes that he/she can help in the cockpit. Since the cockpit door is locked for ...
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1answer
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Can a normal PASSENGER pilot a plane with no training? [duplicate]

This is an extreme question, but I am daring it because I want to. 😂 Situation : All pilots, officers, die. just say no crews can pilot a plane no former pilot in the passenger Only option is for ...
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Is the Airbus approach more friendly (in case of incapacitated pilots) in terms of a passenger being able to fly the plane? [closed]

Is the Airbus approach technology more friendly to a new pilot or passenger than a Boeing haptic approach?
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0answers
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What are the odds that I'm the next most qualified pilot on a given flight? [closed]

On a given flight, let's say a commercial flight with about 100 passengers and a few flight attendants, what are the odds that I (or any other individual) am the most qualified person to fly the plane,...
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Can Anyone Fly A Plane? [duplicate]

Have it ever happened that the flight attendants asked the most wanted and feared question of all flight-simmers out there: "Can Anyone Fly A Plane?" My question is for events when all the pilots was ...