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Questions tagged [accidents]

For questions relating to aviation accidents, or the avoidance thereof.

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How unusual were MH370's final ATC exchanges?

There are 2 noteworthy occurrences in the ATC radio transcript: MH370 unnecessarily reported maintaining FL350 a second time MH370 did not read back the frequency for the handoff but famously only ...
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Can ATC handle a flight as emergency although the pilots have not declared an emergency?

The preliminary report for the LNI610 crash shows how much distractive conversation there was between ATC and LIN610 at a time when the pilots clearly didn't have the aircraft under control – as ...
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How to find black boxes underwater absent any pinger signals?

If CVR/FDR cannot be seen visually on the seafloor (because covered by a thick layer of mud/sediments) and no pinger signals are detected, how can they be found? Metal detectors? Any other methods? ...
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How to refute this geometrical method to find MH370? [closed]

A geometrical method to find MH370 has been published on the Net (see images below). I am sure it is wrong (because if it were that easy, thousands of people would have had this idea back in 2014). ...
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Why aren't cockpits airtight?

There are accidents where the pilots couldn't see the instruments and literally flew the aircraft blindly due to the excessive smoke in the cockpit, ranging from UPS Flight 6 to other accidents. ...
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Could a 30 knot direct crosswind make a Learjet roll over 90 degrees?

Could a 30 knot direct crosswind really make a Learjet roll over 90 degrees? A recent incident has prompted this question, but it's not explicitly about that incident (with its ongoing investigation)...
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Is there an abnormal condition that could have caused this fatal accident involving a stall?

In 2009, a Grob 103 glider stalled and crashed at Richmond Field, Michigan, killing the passenger but not the pilot. (NTSB accident report: CEN09LA353) The accident occurred after a failed winch ...
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What has Airbus done to address the dual input issue?

There have been a couple of fatal incidents involving Airbus aircraft, namely Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 and Air France Flight 447, that could have been prevented had the captains orders / input ...
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Why would a pilot on final to a towered airport not speak up when ATC clears another aircraft to land on the same runway, without mentioning them?

Every time I watch AOPA's Accident Case Study video Communication Breakdown, I'm left wondering. Here's an aircraft (in this case, '1DA) on final approach for landing on a towered airport, when ...
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Why does elevator dropdown occur in some loss-of-flight-controls accidents, but not others?

In some instances of an aircraft suffering a catastrophic failure of its primary flight controls, the loss of control force on the elevator allows said elevator to drop down under its own weight, ...
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Is there (some form of) penetration testing in aviation?

I just listened to the first Miles to go podcast about a near miss at SFO where an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a taxiway where 4 aircrafts were waiting to take off. The incoming Air Canada ...
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Can this aircraft wreckage be identified?

I live in Salinas (central coast California) and there’s an old plane wreck (located within the boundaries of Toro Park County Park in a remote section). On a hike yesterday, we located and took some ...
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Has a scheduled passenger flight ever stalled because of shifting cargo?

Has any scheduled commercial passenger - not cargo - flight ever experienced a stall due to cargo shifting, like the National Airlines Flight 102 did, back in 2013? Please note I am specifically ...
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Who is the woman that famously survived a light-plane crash in the arctic in the 1950s?

As a kid I read a book by a woman who crashed in the Canadian arctic and, along with the pilot, walked their way out of the bush. She lost some toes (and fingers?) to frostbite, but was otherwise OK. ...
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What is the autorotative rate of descent for a Bell 47-H?

I would like to estimate the amount of time a pilot would have before a forced landing after suffering engine failure in a Bell 47-H at 1,000ft. This is for purposes of understanding a historical ...
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Did Southwest airlines retire flight 1380 following the accident, and with what number?

Just wondering if Southwest Airlines flight 1380 was retired and replaced with a different flight number following the uncontained engine failure and depressurization accident in April 2018?
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What are heat detection sensors and how can they cause a speed error?

From this news article on Saratov Airlines Flight 703: A report handed down by Russian investigators has blamed human error for the crash of Saratov flight 703, saying the pilots didn’t switch on ...
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Are there any airliner crashes that can be definitively attributed to Mach tuck?

Mach tuck (the tendency of aircraft to develop an increasingly nose-down pitching moment at speeds above its critical mach number) caused a number of crashes of high-speed fighter aircraft before the ...
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Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of landing gear?

Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of the landing gear on a large commercial jet? I could not find any instance of it in a preliminary google search. Could a simple short-circuit cause such a ...
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What is the fluid released from the tail of this clipped Turkish airliner?

A Turkish A321 airliner was hit by an Asiana A330 on 13 May 2018 at Istanbul Airport. It seems a large amount of fluid was released from the damaged section. What is the fluid? There is no APU up ...
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Why not increase the number of Flight Data Recorders and add jettisoning capability?

With some Flight Data Recorders gone unrecoverable during crashes , what's the argument for not changing their locations, like wings or engines? Given their utility after accidents, why not increase ...
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How fast can a large passenger jet descend and slow from cruise to emergency land? [duplicate]

On 17th April 2018, Southwest 1380, a Boeing 737-700, was cruising about FL320 when it suffered a catastrophic failure to engine 1. It then took 5 minutes to descend to 10,000 feet, and I noted from ...
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Are engine casings expected to contain turbofan blade fragments?

On Southwest 1380, initial indications are that a fragment of the engine blade pierced the engine casing, which then hit the airplane window (or perhaps a part of the casing did). According to the BBC,...
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Is a pilot responsible for CTAF announcements in this scenario? [closed]

A Cessna 525 Citation Jet is coming in to land and a single-engine Cessna 150 is taking off at a small airport with no ATC. The Cessna 150 stays in continued radio contact and the Cessna 525 Citation ...
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How can I use a window for an emergency exit?

A survivor of US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211 crash reports exiting out of a broken window. My question is, in case you need to break an airplane window, what is the best way to do that?
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Can regular emergency exits not work after crashlanding?

Live accounts of survivors of Bangla Air 211 mention getting out after breaking windows but not out of the emergency exits. My question is can regular airline exits not work in such cases?
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How exactly can an airship lose lift?

On this wiki page (under 'Comparison with heavier-than-air aircraft'), the altitude record of the L-55 Airship states: The ultimate altitude record for a rigid airship was set in 1917 by the L-55 ...
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Did Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation fix this GPWS problem?

So I was reading about Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 and one of the reason it crashed was for a GPWS malfunction. Here is the Wikipedia article about the crash and GPWS: Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 ...
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Why would a plane descend rapidly in uncontrolled manner after a steep turn?

Here's some footage from 2010 Red Bull Air Race. At 0:17 the plane is passing through a gate and then makes a steep turn to the left and that requires the plane to have left wing pointing almost ...
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How do helicopters avoid colliding?

When helicopters fly over a city, how do they avoid colliding with each other? For example, after a shooting or accident, both police and news helicopters could head to the same spot.
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Any script to plot multi axis FDR / flight-test data (such as the ones used in air crash investigation)?

I am looking for a script or tool to create flight test and/or FDR plots with several vertical axis, such as the ones used in aircraft accident investigations. Does anyone have any hint on a MATLAB ...
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If a pilot's plane suddenly and unintentionally becomes inverted, what is the pilot's best course of action?

If a plane was suddenly inverted through no action of the pilot, say wake turbulence from a much large plane (think 747 vs. Learjet), should the pilot first try to right the plane or get the nose ...
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If an accident were to occur at a cross-border airport, who would investigate?

In the Wikipedia article Canada–United States border, there are several airports mentioned where the airport straddles the US-Canada border, in some cases the runway even being partially in the United ...
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In the old days, why didn't aircraft use simpler systems to land on a Carrier?

In the old days (during and before WW2), Carriers used arresting wires to help aircraft land. In fact this is still used today for jet-based carriers, but I want to ask about the old days with piston-...
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How could the Helios 522 passengers have survived so long without oxygen?

I've noticed some strange inconsistencies regarding the documentation of Helios Airways Flight 522. So first: Autopsies on the crash victims showed that all were alive at the time of impact But ...
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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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On Air France 447, what would have been the lowest altitude to initiate recovery after the stall developed?

What could the lowest altitude of Air France 447 have been to recover the (stalled) flight, where the co-pilot informed the captain that he was pulling up the whole time? The co-pilot didn't inform ...
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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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Are there regulatory bodies for investigating UAV accidents?

Is there an international regulatory body for investigating UAV accidents? Does it exist on any national level?
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Which airplane types never crashed? [closed]

Is there an airplane that never crashed? Or more specifically, without any crash history on any database. By crash, let's say any accident / incident which resulted in damage to the airplane and/or ...
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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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Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? [duplicate]

Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? Is there any technology being developed that would utilize the smartphones of the passengers? MY question include smartphones ...
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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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If you turned base early, cutting off other traffic, what is the safest way to rejoin downwind?

Joined the left traffic pattern at a controlled field downwind. Controller informed me I was number three for landing. Saw traffic on final, turned base, reported to tower "following cessna on final"....
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What criteria are used for exiting an airplane in an emergency?

I often see after a crash that people die unable to exit the aircraft. The news reports and passenger and safety organizations criticize the FAA for not having realistic emergency exit regulations. ...
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Do Boeing and Airbus learn from each other?

Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009. It was later revealed that the FO was unwittingly pulling the sidestick back, stalling the aircraft. The aircraft was an Airbus 330. ...
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Was John F. Kennedy Jr.’s accident airplane equipped with an autopilot?

JFK Jr.’s crash was attributed to failure to maintain control due to spatial disorientation. Could this be explained by his Piper Saratoga N9253N having no autopilot?
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What does the correlation between weather and midair collisions tell us?

The FAA's AFH states that "most midair collision accidents occur in good weather", in daylight, and nearby airports/navigation aids. What does this imply? (One obvious explanation to this fact could ...
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Who said “A little of all of us goes with every pilot we lose”?

The only attribution I’ve ever seen for the quotation below is “Anonymous FAA Inspector.” Whenever we talk about a pilot who has been killed in a flying accident, we should all keep one thing in ...