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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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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 ...
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Why do ATC displays use flight data sent by the aircraft they are tracking?

Why does ATC use data coming from an aircraft itself instead of using the readings from the airport radar? Also could Aeroperú 603 have been saved if the pilots had ignored the pitot static altitude ...
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If unexpectedly in IMC, does it help to climb into clouds to get on radar?

I gather that in the flatlands, probably not. But here is a tragic accident where a VFR-only pilot attempted to navigate steep mountain passes in Utah (Evanston, Wyoming west to Coalville, Utah, and ...
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What would happen if a Cessna flew into a power line?

When I was going through my private pilot training, I asked my instructor what would happen if a Cessna flew into a power line. His response was that the power line would go through the single engine ...
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How would a Flying Fortress behave if it lost its empennage mid-flight?

The 1990's movie "Memphis Belle" depicts a Flying Fortress having the whole tail cut by a fighter impact on the rear part of fuselage, as a razor or chainsaw will do, the bomber airplane enters a flat ...
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Where can I find more information about my grandfather's crashed B-18a bomber on Mt. Redoubt Alaska?

My father and I have chartered a plane for late August to search for the remains of my grandfather's B-18a bomber, which crashed in the summer of 1942 in Mt. Redoubt Alaska. I am specifically ...
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Have there ever been accidents due to a vacuum failure that hasn't been noticed?

When the vacuum system fails, the artificial horizon slowly goes back into it's non-vacuumed position. I found no picture on that but it's a quite high angle of bank that is indicated. Has there ever ...
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Which commuter flight was forced to land in a cornfield in '96 or '97?

Last night a friend's wife was describing her experience as a child being on a flight that encountered a flock of Canadian geese, where at least one engine was lost to a bird strike. I suspect both ...
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Do flight attendants have a regulatory responsibility to risk their own lives to save passengers?

A documentary about the collision at Tenerife seems to imply that the Pan Am flight attendants left the aircraft without helping a single passenger? Is this correct? If so how is this possible? Are ...
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Which incidents did not result in accidents because of the actions of the second pilot on board?

In accordance with 14 CFR §25.1523 and §121.385c3, commercial airline aircraft must be operated by at least two pilots. This provision mainly bases on workload and pilot incapacitation considerations (...
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Should I hold my breath in case of a decompression?

If I'm, for example, in the lavatory where there are no oxygen masks, would it be advisable to hold your breath until you can reach an oxygen mask, or until the pilot brings the aircraft down to an ...
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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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How does the Boeing 747 smoke evacuation work?

(source, inset source) I recently watched Mayday's dramatization of UPS Airlines Flight 6. Then I recalled the Boeing 747 having a SMOKE EVAC handle. How does ...
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Cabin crew : how do they get Oxygen in the event of decompression?

According to this answer, in the event of an explosive decompression it can take as little as 9 seconds to develop problems without an Oxygen supply. How are cabin crew meant to get to an oxygen ...
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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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Could atmospheric effects cause a PA-30 to break up?

About a week ago, a Piper PA-30 crashed into a residential area just a few miles from where I live. An engine was found to have landed a 0.24 nm from the impact site. Sadly, the pilot of the aircraft ...
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What level of damage to an aircraft is acceptable to let it depart?

Yesterday (28 June 2016), a Bombardier Q400 from EPGD to EPWA made an emergency landing because of a blown tire, spotted by a passenger. Everything went smoothly and the plane landed successfully ...
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Was the airframe involved in the LOT Flight 16 accident repaired?

The belly landing of LOT Flight 16 is known by many: Wikimedia YouTube My impression is that a lot of aluminum was ground off by the runway. Maybe too much? Question: What is the status of that ...
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How much responsibility does ATC have to alert a flight about being in a dangerous situation?

There have been quite a number of accident reports referenced here at Aviation.SE about commercial (passenger or freight) flights executing controlled flight into terrain on approach for landing. The ...
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Why didn't government regulators prevent MH17 from flying the route it took? [closed]

Why wasn't MH17 prevented by government regulators from flying the route it took? MH17 wasn't the first case of governments or combatants downing commercial aircraft: Iran Air Flight 655 and Korean ...
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Seatbelts-on during taxi protocol: Risk assessment [duplicate]

Typical taxi speeds are less than 20 knots. These are speeds at which city-transport buses regularly operate & even exceed. Buses don't mandate seat belts & in fact even allow standees. Now ...
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What happens to US military demo teams following unexpected pilot turnover?

Following up on recent events involving the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, what is the typical procedure for these teams following a unexpected turnover of a pilot (in this case, a fatal or other ...
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Why couldn't the DHL611 crew hear the ATC transmissions for the Bashkirian 2937 crew?

In the mid-air collision over Uberlingen, why couldn't the DHL611 crew hear the instructions given by the controller to Bashkirian 2937 crew if both aircraft were on the same frequency?
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Why were DHL611 and Bashkirian 2937 on a collision course?

This is about the crash over Lake Constanz/Überlingen on July 1, 2002. The planes were on a collision course, the automated TCAS told one to climb and the other to descend, but air traffic control ...
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Is a single engine failure on the HondaJet recoverable?

Is it possible to recover from a single engine failure at cruising altitude on the HondaJet and safely land the aircraft?
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Who owns wrecked airplanes in international waters?

Reading about a Spanish treasure ship, I found that it eventually created a dispute between the company that found it (Odyssey) and the Spanish government, so the following questions came to my mind (...
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How would a tricycle-geared aircraft be recovered from a tip-up?

If improper loading leads to a tip up on a tricycle-geared aircraft: Image source what methods are used to right level the aircraft? I can imagine inflating airbags under the tail, or lifting it with ...
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Are the statistics in “The Killing Zone” appropriate and scientifically correct? [closed]

I recently ordered the book "The Killing Zone" and am looking forward to reading it. Most of the reviews were positive, but one reader complained that the author made the mistake of using accident ...
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Why are emergency vehicles needed for a runway excursion?

When passenger jets have a runway excursion incident such as this one in Birmingham it is apparently common practice to send emergency services vehicles to the aircraft. Why are emergency services ...
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Is it possible to survive a free fall from an airliner at cruise altitude?

If an airliner were to breakup in flight, and a passenger were ejected from the cabin, would it be possible to survive the fall? Assume that the aircraft broke up at a cruise altitude 30,000-35,000 ...
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What are good resources on causes of private aircraft crashes?

I'm working on getting my PPL, and I would like to read more about the specific causes of small private aircraft (single or twin prop, primarily) crashing, especially those that were caused by pilot ...
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Why does the cabin pressurisation switch have a manual mode?

Reading about Helios Flight 552 it is clear that the pressurization switch on a B737 has two modes: AUTOMATIC and MANUAL Since it appears that one of the causes of the accident was an incorrect ...