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Have there been accidents involving flight simulators?

Have there been any accidents which have happened to/in flight simulators? I understand that simulators are used to simulate general accidents for training purposes (engine failure, birdstrikes etc), ...
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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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Why not more Max 8 accidents?

Why did "only" two Max 8 accidents occur? Before the grounding, there must have been at least dozens but surely 100s if not 1000s of flights with this model. How come the vast majority of ...
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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 did TWA800 not stall?

I believe the NTSB account, but based on this graph, http://twa800.com/lahr/zoom-climb.htm, why did the flight not stall after the nose separated?
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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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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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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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Why can't we use bleed air instead of oxygen cylinders? [closed]

When cabin is depressurized due to some or the other reason then we usually have oxygen generators in airplane and they last for 12 minutes. It is very shot in usual terms but it is enough to descend ...
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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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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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Which Airline don't use the Flight Number 191 anymore because of bad luck?

This question came up while reading an article about mysterious plane incidents. It told that some airlines do not use the flight number 191 because of bad luck. In fact, there have been so many ...
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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 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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How safe are extreme aerobatic flights?

Statistically, how safe are extreme aerobatics flights like this one?
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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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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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Why do airlines retire the flight number after a crash?

Perhaps it seems obvious, but I couldn't find a plausible reason why they do so other than that it evokes negative emotions among passengers and crew. Could there be other reasons to do so? For ...
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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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Is a failed ditching of an aircraft also Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)?

Does CFIT apply in case of a plane (not an seaplane) failing a "landing" emergency in the open sea?
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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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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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Could the CVR and FDR record to the cloud?

Another enthusiast question. I watch a lot of the National Geographic Channel's "Air Crash Investigation", for better or worse, and it seems accident investigators make tremendous use of the Cockpit ...
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When a large commercial jet touches down, is it committed to stopping?

I was reading about flight RWAF9268 earlier today when a questions popped into mind. When a large commercial jet touches down, is it required to try and come to a complete stop? Or is it allowed to ...
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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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Why must the throttle be moved slowly?

User 'Calphool' writes: For example, in a real plane, if you jam the throttle forward too quickly, you can kill the engine or make it backfire. This may sound like a trivial detail, but people have ...
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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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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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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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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

If I'm going on holiday with my family on an airliner such as one of the ones listed on this page, then where is the safest place to sit? The answers to this question seem to imply that the seats at ...
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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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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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Could someone really die in the way that Goose did in the movie “Top Gun”?

Looking at this question I remembered a question I always wanted to ask: In the movie "Top Gun" one of the main characters dies when trying to eject from the F-14. Here is the scene where this ...

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