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Is landing gear-up against the regs?

Typically, landing a plane gear-up results in costly damage, which easily triggers the NTSB reporting requirement. However, as a glider pilot I can easily see how landing a glider gear-up would cause ...
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Are more fatalities in commercial aircraft accidents caused by pilot error than by automated features?

This claim struck me: Overall these automated features are an overall benefit to everybody. They are preventing some of the more classic aviation disasters that pilots can induce into these aircraft. ...
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How much more dangerous is it to fly in Mexico than Europe?

Recently, Mexico's air safety rating was downgraded. How much more dangerous (in terms of statistical chances of fatal accident) is it to travel with a Mexican airline, than a European one?
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Have there been any fatal accidents involving a transatlantic flight since AF447?

I'm trying to confirm there has been no commercial airline transatlantic flight accident (with fatalities) since AF447 in 2009. This would include any flight that crossed the Atlantic ocean, even if ...
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Has there ever been a two engine Air Carrier where both engines failed during the takeoff run resulting in an accident?

Has there ever been a two engine Air Carrier anywhere that has had both engines fail at some point during the takeoff run that resulted in an accident?
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How often do talk-down landings go wrong?

There are some well documented stories of non-pilots successfully landing airplanes after the pilot was incapacitated. Usually this involves radio assistance by ATC and/or flight instructors. My ...
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Has any airliner ever collided with a glider?

I've read about many near-collisions between gliders and airliners, but did such a collision ever happen in mid-air, actually?
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Has any commercial airliner ever flown inverted? [duplicate]

Has any commercial airliner ever flown inverted, either intentionally (extremely unlikely) or during an upset?
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How safe are extreme aerobatic flights?

Statistically, how safe are extreme aerobatics flights like this one?
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What plane cost less per mile to operate for one person? [closed]

The 98 Toyota Corolla has a strong history for being a low maintenance, fuel efficient and cheap car. 400k mile reliability if driven with respect and preventative maintenance. What plane has these ...
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Which fighter jet is the safest outside of combat?

I've heard that the Bloodhound SSC project decided to use a Eurofighter engine, because this was "safe". This got me wondering if there are any numbers on which fighter jets are safest. Something like ...
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How is an air accident's probable cause determined?

I constantly hear that air accidents are caused by a range of shortcomings. However, most accident reports declare a main "probable cause". You can see below a bar-chart with the causes of fatal ...
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Aviation Statistics Sources [closed]

Are there any online, publicly available sources of aviation statistics, like: number of manufactured aircrafts by type and year number of registered aircrafts by type and year number of aircraft ...
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Has a commercial jet airliner ever stalled on takeoff / at low-altitude?

In general aviation, a common reason for fatalities is low altitude stalls on takeoff or practising go-arounds. Has there ever been an incident where a commercial jet airliner stalled on takeoff / ...
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Is the September 11th the only time a plane was crashed into skyscrapers?

I wonder if there has been other plane crashes with skyscrapers in history, except the one of the World Trade Center.
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Is this safety ranking of different aviation methods accurate? [closed]

I'm compiling a list of essentially "Different ways a human can fly" and then ranking them in order of safest to most dangerous. This is my final list, is it statistically (and practically) accurate? ...
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Will dual-learning in a glider make my airplane learning safer?

This question got me thinking, would attending gliding lessons at the same time as my airplane training make me safer in a small plane or microlight?
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Are grass strips more dangerous than tarmac?

There are a couple of flight schools near me. One is at a large airport, they use Piper Tomahawks primarily to teach. Naturally, they use well maintained, tarmac runways to takeoff and land. This ...
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How many Harriers crashed at or near MCAS Cherry Point?

When I was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point in the late 1970's, we had a Harrier flip over and crash while practicing at the hover pad. It took off in the direction of our large hangar and thankfully ...
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How was this airline (statistically) never had a fatal incident? [closed]

Ryanair make around 725,044 flights per year. This They have been operating for 35 years, so have accrued around 25,376,540 flights. They have also never had any fatal incidents or even major ...
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Why was there an increase in the number of airline accidents in 90s? [closed]

According to this Aviation Safety Network article and dataset there was a significant drop in the number of airline accidents in the early 80s comparing to the years before - from ~50 per year down to ...
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What is the relative safety record of the Sukhoi Superjet 100?

After the last crash, numerous articles state that the Superjet has a poor safety record. Two fatal crashes in 8 years is not a lot, but then again, only around 150 planes have been delivered. Does ...
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Is there a correlation between airport capacity and accident rates?

This question about the new Heathrow runway increasing flights per day by 700 mentions that this airport (and many others around the world) runs at over 98% capacity. This got me thinking, is there a ...
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Are there more accidents in winter months, and if so, why?

I was watching The Flight Channel videos and have noticed that the accidents seem to happen more often in winter months (for the Northern Hemisphere). Are there some statistics to back this claim? It ...
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Are there statistics showing the relationship between safety and the age of aircraft?

Some people seem to believe that some airplanes are less safe to fly just because they are older than others. As a pilot myself who has learned that the safety of aircraft is nothing to do with their ...
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What are the differences between the two main brace positions? [duplicate]

Why are there two different brace positions (pictured below) ? (If there is a difference between the official and true reason, please state both. In many planes the reduced seating spacing does not ...
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Has turbulence ever killed a passenger?

The question is on my mind, because many passengers think there is no need to wear the seatbelt when the seatbelt sign is not illuminated.
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How to increase your chances of survival in a plane crash? [closed]

More than 90% of plane crashes in recent years had survivors. In America, for example, there were 568 plane crashes between 1983 - 2000: Out of the collective 53487 people onboard, 51207 ...
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What is the longest time after which plane crash survivors were rescued?

I found: Aviator Bob Gauchie retains the record for solo arctic survival by a downed airman, enduring 58 days of arctic weather before his rescue in Canada 1967. After 72 days on the glacier, 16 of ...
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What's the exact moment were the spoilers are supposed to be deployed on a A320?

Are they deployed when the levers are pulled back to 'IDLE' or only when pulled back to 'Reverse'? I still can't figure out, 12 years after, why flight TAM JJ3054 crashed into a gas station and a ...
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Are turboprops less safe then jets?

On a recent trip to an airport, I noticed a large number of Bombardier Dash 8s. I wanted to know - are turboprops less safe than traditional jets like the 737 or A320? For instance, I would imagine ...
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Which is safer? The Piper Tomahawk or the Cessna 152?

I have booked my first flying lesson for 2 weeks time, in my first step to obtain a PPL or LAPL. I had done all of my research on the Cessna family, assuming that is what I would learn in. I was ...
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How does the safety record of a Cessna 152 compare to a jetliner in Europe?

I have a fear of flight and I'm working on it. There is an airfield about 40 minutes from me and they offer flying lessons in a Cessna-152 for around 140 euros per hour. Pretty reasonable I think. So,...
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Did turbofan engine explosions become more frequent in last years in commercial aviation?

There are many incidents with turbofan engine failures during last years. I can list: 2010-11-04 - Qantas_Flight_32 2015-09-08 - British Airways Flight 2276 2016-05-27 - Korean Air Flight 2708 2016-...
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of ...
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What should I expect to happen when I get on a skydiving flight

I am schedule to go on a short flight (skydive)* on a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan during an international visit to some friends. I found the serial number of the flight, here is it's record. Since ...
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Are there any safety data on the aircraft used for skydiving?

I am planning a (first) skydive, a tandem jump with an instructor. However, I have not picked which school I will use yet. I am convinced about the safety of the jump itself, but cannot find reliable ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

Can anyone point me to statistics on the safety record of gliders vs. single engine general aviation aircraft?
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

This question was raised as part of this discussion. Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft? It seems the safety record of military, private and small commuter planes is much less safe ...
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Is this statistic about the fatal accident rate correct?

This link says that: fatal accidents occurred once every 200,000 flights in the 50s and 60s. Now, fatal accidents only occur once every two million flights While many sources, including this one, ...
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Is there statistical evidence of the benefits of CRM?

Seeing there's apparently now a consideration towards allowing single pilot commercial aircraft, I figured a fairly good counterpoint would be the benefits gained from crew resource management (which ...
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Should reliance on Auto-Flight Systems continue to increase in favor of manual flying skills?

In recent years there has been ongoing debate as to whether or not increased reliance on auto-flight systems (autopilot, auto-thrust, etc.) in favor of manual flying proficiency has had a negative ...
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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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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

If it became plausible to fly commercial aircraft much lower in the future (due to developments in technology and airway regulations permitting it), say at a standard height of 5,000ft, but with a ...
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Are new airliners less safe than older the two first years after they are marketed?

Looking at the 2014 Allianz Global Aviation Safety Study for airliners: The last generation of aircraft (1974 and forward, including A320 and B737) have a very low rate of accidents: less than 2 ...
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Where can I find accident statistics on zero gravity flights?

I am investigating the option of booking a zero gravity flight with a commercial airline. But I am a nervous flyer. Do any of the airlines offering this have a 0% accident / fatality record?
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Which airline will get me from Paris or London, to Japan, and has a zero fatality rate? [closed]

I only fly with airlines with a zero fatality rate (it helps my fear of flying, yes it might not be logical, I know:)… but have so far only travelled around Europe and to Africa with Easyjet and Ryan ...
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Which jet airliner types have had the fewest accidents per million departures?

Passenger jet transport is very safe, but are there any jet airliners with a lower recorded accident rate? Edit: number of accidents per se is of course never a good indicator since it will always ...
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Brace position - does it really save lives?

There are some people say the brace position was invented so that passengers don't experience pain when they die in a crash. The brace is designed so that you die quicker (by breaking your neck). One ...
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How safe is the Beechcraft 1900?

While reading the tragic Accidents and incidents section of this Wikipedia page, I began to wonder how the Beechcraft 1900 ranks for safety. The page describes 22 known severe accidents and incidents ...
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