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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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Do aircraft engineers take into consideration engine placement to avoid ground strikes in a cross-wind landing?

On a multi-engine airplane with wing-mounted engines, do aircraft designers have a standard way of ensuring that the banked landings associated with cross-wind's do not cause a prop or engine-housing ...
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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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Why is it the ATC recording of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 is not yet available online?

I understand sites like liveatc.net constantly stream the conversation between the ATC and pilots. Why is it that there's no such recording for Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 yet?
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Why would a jet engine that runs at temps excess of 2000°C burn when it crashes?

Airline engines are designed to work at very high temperatures. Yet, when a plane crashes they're burnt (see below). Is it something in their design? (bostonherald.com)
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Was the 1992 Gimli DHC-4 Caribou accident ever investigated?

On August 27, 1992, 3 people were killed when a de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou crashed immediately after takeoff at Gimli Industrial Park Airport. Wikipedia describes the accident as follows: ...
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Are there any known cases of swing-nose or swing-tail cargo aircraft coming undone in flight?

Large dedicated cargo aircraft frequently (though not always) have swing-nose (Super Guppy) or swing-tail (Dreamlifter, CL-44) designs, in order to allow cargo to be shoved straight in rather than ...
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Does the ditching switch allow an A320 to float indefinitely?

I watched a documentary yesterday about the Hudson River ditching of US Airways Flight 1549. In the documentary, one of the investigators explained that the reason the water was entering so quickly ...
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Why is this video of a G36 Bonanza taking off so scary?

Why is this video of a G36 Bonanza so 'scary'? If they had clipped the top of the trees, would it really have brought the plane down? (And even if yes, it looks pretty ...
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Why doesn't a full yoke deflection also change the stabilizer trim on the Boeing 737 MAX?

Various websites have stated that during the 737-MAX crash in Indonesia, the pilots could not pitch up because of a faulty AOA sensor pitching the plane down. The stabilizer has a rear fulcrum and ...
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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 detains 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 there countries where not all plane crashes are investigated (even if deadly)?

background information I was struck by the news of this deadly plane crash on 20 Dec 2018 which claimed 8 lives and apparently is not investigated as the plane and its potential survivors were not ...
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Can pilots turn off warning alarms? Re: Aeroperu Flight 603

I just watched the Mayday S1E4 episode concerning Aeroperu Flight 603. Gut wretching to see the pilots in that situation. On listening to the recording tape, alarms were blaring constantly, some for ...
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Where can I find official information about a recent crash in Mexico?

I have heard about a helicopter crash involving an Agusta A 109 in Mexico, that seems to be causing some turmoil due to the deaths of a newly-elected governor and her husband. Is there any info about ...
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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, ...