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What is MCAS' purpose? [duplicate]

In a recent question, one of the answers states: MCAS has nothing whatsoever to do with stall recovery or stall behaviour. It was implemented strictly to make the MAX's pitch stick force response in ...
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Why did the pilot in this EC135 crash change the throttle setting after encountering wake turbulence?

I’m confused in this accident why the Eurocopter EC135 pilot decided to manipulate the throttle after encountering wake turbulence - I can’t think of a reason for this. Could someone please explain ...
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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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Are modern airliner avionics spill-proof? [duplicate]

I thought about this today, and didn't find much other than a flight decades ago that made an emergency landing due to spillage causing the trim wheel to uncontrollably pitch the plane down into a ...
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Is it possible to increase available take-off distance for a seaplane by turning?

In the video below an A5 had an accident after takeoff. The final cause of the accident seems to be a sharp increase of AOA above stall. Do sea planes have an ...
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If the VOR works and the TACAN works, why doesn’t the VORTAC work?

Here https://www.tailstrike.com/270680.htm is the transcript of the CVR of the Itavia Flight 870 (Ustica Massacre), but some communications have been omitted; I’ll use this site: http://www....
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Has a civil aviation accident ever involved more than two manned aircraft?

Has a civil aviation accident ever involved more than two manned aircraft? Meaning, in one accident: more than two manned aircraft had fatalities or serious injuries or significant damage; or one or ...
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Was the Jabara Dreamlifter incident the biggest difference between required and actual takeoff length?

DCA14IA016: on November 20, 2013, a Boeing B747-400LCF (Dreamlifter) landed at Jabara airport. They took off the next day which was considered a major feat given the discrepancy between the size of ...
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What happened to Flight Sao Paulo TAM 402 flight?

I have watched a MAYDAY documentary (season 15 episode 10) and it appeared they had a reverse thrust problem. Can someone please explain to me what really happened in simpler terms? I have watch the ...
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Statistically, how safe are para-motor craft compared to other GA planes?

I know there are very well kept records for death and accident rates in GA aircraft, but I was wondering if there were numbers for para-motor aircaft that are easy to compare?
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What is the air crash featured in Queen's Innuendo official video?

There's a short cameo of a total destruction of a plane in Queen's Innuendo official video (2:11). Here's the video itself: And here is a screenshot of the most ...
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Has a flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder ever failed in an accident?

Has there been a time either during an aviation accident or during normal flight where the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder devices failed or the data was significantly corrupted?
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Do headrests considerably increase safety on aircraft?

When looking at newer GA aircraft, for example, Cessna 172s it is very obvious that the seat design has changed quite a lot over time. With the older ones having very short backrests and the newer ...
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Has color vision deficiency ever contributed to any incidents in aviation history?

I would like to know if there are any official reports pointing Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) as a major contributing cause of an air accident/incident. Not only related to flying but also maintenance ...
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Incident & Accident Investigation [duplicate]

Does the airports have there own incident/accident investigation depts? or they are restricted to the NCAA/Safety dept only?
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How realistic was the airplane scene in Terminator Dark Fate?

In the movie Terminator Dark Fate, the C-5 Galaxy Grace (Mackenzie Davis) is flying gets hit by another plane (I think it's a KC-10 Extender) piloted by the Rev-9 Terminator. What I want to know is ...
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LEFT RIGHT PROBLEM [closed]

I am writing an article about the LEFT RIGHT CONFUSION which has resulted in many accidents where pilots have shut down the wrong engine in this confusion. Many people have a real problem in deciding ...
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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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Has any accident been caused by poor time management, despite a perfectly done checklist?

This is a question I've heard from an aviation psychologist. I've searched on that but couldn't find a satisfying example. The full question is: Has there been any accident which was caused by poor ...
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Who is responsible to check for radar-altimeter disagreement?

I have searched the site but failed to find a similar question. I know that modern civil aircraft are equipped with multiple radar altimeters. Question is: In the unlikely event of those outputting ...
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How does a Boeing 737 look like at night from 2000 meters away? [closed]

I am asking about the current crash of a Boeing 737-800. Due to the unfortunate crash of Ukrainian 752, I am trying to figure out what can be seen from the launch pad when they decided to shoot the ...
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How did the USS Vincennes misidentify an Airbus aircraft? [closed]

Wikipedia indicates that the USS Vincennes misidentified Iran Air Flight 655: Crucially, Vincennes misidentified an Iran Air Airbus A300 civilian airliner, Iran Air Flight 655, as an attacking F-...
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What is the difference between the NTSB's “Aviation Accident Database” and their “Aviation Accident Reports” list?

I'm trying to understand why there are thousands more records in the "Aviation Accident Database," located here: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx than there are in the "...
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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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How do insurers apportion responsibility when airliners collide on runways or taxiways?

Here's an ATC recording of Virgin and Egyptair aircraft clipping wings at JFK. Generally, what happens next with regard to sorting out responsibility after a low-speed collision that results in ...
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What is the difference between a loss of control and an upset?

What is the difference between a loss of control and an upset? From what I have read, first, an upset occurs, which leads to a loss of control (LOC). But, when can one say that the upset has been ...
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What would be the minimum number of engines required to climb in a 747?

There was a really good Air Crash Investigation by Nat Geo which showed the British Airways Speedbird 9 issue where volcanic ash swept over all four engines and through the air vents inside the cabin. ...
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Are there any real life instances of aircraft aborting a takeoff or landing to avoid a vehicle?

I came across a fake video of an A380 closely avoiding a fuel truck. More details at Snopes including a link to the YouTube video. While this video is not real, I'm interested in finding out if it's ...
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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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Why was the Tu-104 so prone to navball-disabling electrical power failures?

Of the (rather numerous) accidents involving the Tu-104, several were either caused or aggravated by major electrical failures, which disabled the aircraft's navballs, which caused the pilots to ...
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Identify a balloon accident in the 90s or 2000s [closed]

I recall hearing about a balloon accident on a news programme on TV in the 90s or 2000s. From memory it was some sort of record attempt, and the last telemetry from the flight indicated that the ...
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Is an F-16 able to fire any of its weapons while on the ground? [duplicate]

I can recall at least one Hollywood movie, where this takes place (although not an F-16 in the movie). Is this at all possible? Can the F-16 fire its M61 while taxiing on the ground? What about other ...
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What accidents have had crew accustomization to warnings among their causes?

A non-answer on this question claimed that: the idea that maneuvering with the stall warning activated will somehow damage us, causing us to ignore its warning when the chips are down and AOA is up,...
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Would the benign spiral maneuver be one alternative to dealing with being “stuck above” or inside a cloud?

Recently I provided an alternate answer to a question involving "hands off" recovery techniques. In this I briefly illustrated the benign spiral maneuver. For completeness I will reiterate what I ...
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If your plane is out-of-control, why does military training instruct releasing the joystick to neutralize controls?

I quote from Sunday Night's June 3 2019 episode with Capt Kevin Sullivan. I ask about Capt Sullivan's remark with quotation marks below. Releasing the joystick is undoubtedly counter-intuitive to me, ...
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MH370 blackbox - is it still possible to retrieve data from it?

If the blackbox of MH370 were to be found today, would it actually still provide any information, assuming that it was in 5km deep water or so for some 5 years now? If not, why would you still be ...
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Has a life raft ever been successfully deployed on a modern commercial flight?

Has a life rift ever been successfully deployed in the event of an air accident involving a commercial aircraft? For the purposes of this question a "life raft" is an inflatable device designed ...
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Has a life raft ever been successfully deployed in case of an accident? [closed]

Has a life rift ever been successfully deployed in the event of an air accident? By successfully I mean removed from the aircraft, placed on the water, inflated and used by passengers/crew as a life ...
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Are there any cases on record of an aircraft crashing into an occupied air traffic control tower?

Aircraft frequently1 crash, or come close to crashing, from almost every cause imaginable, on or near airports, these being places where aircraft of all sizes take off and land and sleep with many ...
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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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What aircraft model is this that crashed?

Could someone please tell me what aircraft type this is? The crash happened very near to my flight school a few days ago and I want to know if it was one of their fleet that crashed.
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Why are/were three-pointer altimeters so prone to being misread?

The three-pointer dial altimeter (with a shortest pointer indicating tens of kilofeet, a short pointer indicating kilofeet, and a long pointer indicating hectofeet), the most instantly-recognisable ...
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What is the problem in the satellite data of MH370

In the Inmarsat data of MH370, there are handshakes (BTO) with time (UTC) at: 19:41, 20:41, 21:41, 22:41, 00:11,00:19. Normally it pinged every hour, but why the 2nd to last happened at 00.11 that was ...
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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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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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Was the colliding object in the Guadalajara accident ever identified?

In December, four months ago, a 737 landing in Guadalajara apparently hit an object and damaged its nose. At the time it was suggested that it might have been a small drone. Has the object been ...
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How much data is stored in the flight data recorder per hour in a typical flight of an A380?

One drawback or impediment to the storage of flight recorder data on the cloud is the amount of data that'd be transmitted and at cost. How much data in GB or TB is stored in the flight data recorder ...

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