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In the event of a crash over thick snow or a forest, would it be safer inside the aircraft or free-falling?

I just saw this question about humans surviving terminal velocity free-falls, sometimes even with little injury depending on the surface conditions, particularly over forests, hills, or thick snow ...
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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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A320 procedures for one thrust reverser inoperative; why is the old procedure more efficient?

I recently watched the Mayday series about TAM Airline Flight 3054. Landing on a short runway with only one thrust reverser in use, and the documentary explained something like: The old Airbus ...
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Why did the backup landing gear deployment fail on LOT 16?

LOT 16 was a 767 which experienced a hydraulic leak, resulting in the failure of the landing gears and the proceeding belly landing shown below: Why did the backup ...
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If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) on a modern fighter jet fails, will the aircraft drop out of the sky?

If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) and batteries plus engines fail on a modern fighter aircraft, basically they will fall out of the sky, there is no dead stick landing - is this correct?
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How reliable are stick shakers?

I've read many accident reports, and seen reconstructions, where instrument failures, disagreeing sensor sources and auto pilot faults have led pilots into believing that they are over speeding when ...
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Who has the authority between captain and first officer in emergencies?

Yes I know, Captain has authority over First Officer. I was reading about Airblue Flight 202 and according to the investigation, First Officer said these words 40 seconds before crash: Sir turn ...
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How dangerous can it be if something falls from a flying aircraft?

How dangerous can it be if something falls from a flying aircraft?
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Has there ever been a successful 'bail-out' during an airliner test flight?

Has there ever been an instance of a crew having to 'bail out' during a test flight of a commercial style aircraft (I.e Airbus, Boeing etc)? I know that test flight crews often wear orange suits, ...
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Why are FDRs and CVRs still two separate physical devices?

Given the histories of flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders, I somewhat understand their origins as two separate physical devices. Given their separate tracks of development, regulatory ...
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How can the CVR from a Cessna 560XL only contain old records and none from the fatal accident?

Is it possible that the CVR from a Cessna 560XL is just showing old records and nothing from the fatal accident when the plane crashed? I´m talking about the airplane crash in Brazil, where a ...
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Does the autopilot attempt to recover from a mechanical failure of a single control surface?

I'm asking this question having watched a documentary about Northwest Flight 85 in 2002, during which a 747-400 experienced a lower rudder hardover at an angle of 17 degrees to the left. The pilots ...
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What happens when more than one agency investigates a plane crash?

Does one accident report overrule the other or would there be two possible outcomes for the disaster? Some examples EgyptAir Flight 990 had the NTSB and the ECAA investigate and produced two ...
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Isn't it time the aviation sector improve its policies [closed]

In spite of the strict rules and regulations we see many disasters taking place. Mostly the disaster occurs due to the lapse of one small policy or nature. If the policy is the best then why do ...
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Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming?

Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming? By "civilian aircraft," I mean planes that were not equipped with flares that fire when rockets approach or any similar anti-missile systems. If ...
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Can a mistake of a single air-traffic controller cause a collision between planes?

I am watching season 2 episode 13 of Breaking Bad and in the episode it shows that: an air traffic controller, distraught from his daughter's death, causes a mid-air collision, resulting in ...
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Is one-sided thrust reverser deactivation still allowable?

While browsing the major accidents in the Aviation Security Network's database, I noticed that a couple of accidents seem to at least be aggravated by one-sided deactivation of thrust reversers. One-...
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How Realistic (or not) was the crash scene in Flight? [duplicate]

In the movie Flight, Denzel Washington's plane loses one engine and some other controls. To keep the plane gliding, he inverts the plane until it reaches a very low altitude. At the last second he ...
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How are runway incursions avoided?

I'm wondering if there's ground radar on planes, or any fallback system other than relying on a controller, for avoiding runway incursions? Have any studies or reports been made that show ...
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Have any passengers crashed planes?

The question Are pilots allowed to let passengers fly the plane? is interesting to read, noting that pilots are permitted to allow passengers to fly. I recall an Air Crash Investigation episode (...
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How much water pressure can flight recorders withstand?

How deep can black boxes go under water and how much pressure can they withstand while under water before they get crushed? I'm a layman in terms of aviation, so if it's not too much to ask, can you ...
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How, exactly, did US1549 land on the Hudson?

A comment by @AsheeshR says: The Hudson River Landing was due to a combination of piloting skill and an autopilot system that was engaged right till impact and kept the plane in a controlled ...
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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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How did the AAIB assist in locating MH370?

I saw on news that the AAIB helped to locate the missing MH370 flight, saying that it ended up in Indian Ocean, with the help of a whole new technology. I was wondering what kind of "new technology" ...
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Could Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have sunk without leaving any floating wreckage?

With all the searching on the surface of the Indian Ocean for evidence of Flt. 370, I'm wondering if there's any conceivable scenario in which the Boeing 777 could have sunk without producing any ...
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How can a computer model yield two possible flight paths of MH370 in South Indian Ocean?

I am reading this article on the NY Times, where they show two possible flight paths of the missing flight MH370 in the South Indian Ocean: I am wondering how they can come up with such specific ...
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Can a commercial airliner sink to the bottom of the ocean?

Is it possible that a commercial airliner could hit the ocean surface at such an angle that it made a deep dive intact, got filled with water, sank, and got stuck in mud at the floor of the ocean?
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Is it possible for the sensors which determine when an aircraft has landed in water to become damaged?

A plane has sensors that should transmit data back somewhere when it hits water correct? Is it possible that these can be turned off/damaged?
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On a 777 what would happen if the aft pressurization switch was accidentally left closed?

The Boeing 777 has fore and aft pressurisation switches (see example here). If the aft switch was forgotten on takeoff, could this cause a loss of cabin pressurisation when the aircraft reaches ...
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What was Korean Air 672 doing at the time of Malaysia Air 370's disappearance? [duplicate]

In the first part of this YouTube video, you can see an aircraft supposedly flying 4x faster than the surrounding aircraft, at the time the Malaysian 777 went missing. After replaying this on Flight ...
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Boeing 777 MHA370 [duplicate]

Can anyone explain how a Boeing 777-200 can vanish without a trace? How can it simply disappear without any indication of an in-flight emergency from the flight crew? Does its disappearance and lack ...
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Does a system exist that can bulk process satellite data to find a plane lost over ocean?

The case of the lost Malaysian Airlines plane is tragic for all those involved. In the case of such a plane lost over the ocean, hypothetically (and described very simplistically), it would seem ...
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Is it possible to prevent plane accidents due to fuel explosion?

We know that most of the plane accidents and deaths result from the explosion of fuel tanks in the planes, like when two planes collide, or when the plane falls on the ground. With the advent of ...
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Why aren't bird radars placed on the front of commercial aircraft?

Unfortunately, my skills and understanding of radar and the like are very limited, but if somebody could enlighten me why there is no such thing as a dual bird/weather radar to switch to? I've ...
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What are the accident rates for kit built aircraft vs. normal aircraft of the same model?

I know that some manufacturers both sell kit and finished version of their aircraft. For a fair comparison of accident rates, i was wondering: What are the accident rates for kit built aircraft vs. ...
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What aviation-related TV shows are there? [closed]

This question aims to serve as a Community Wiki resource. Feel free to edit the list of aviation-related TV shows below! Related: What aviation-related movies are there?
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Can a “crash landing” be used for FAR 61.57 currency?

FAR 61.57 (a) requires that one must make 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceding 90 days in order to carry passengers. Does a "crash landing" count for the 61.57 currency? By "crash landing" I ...
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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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Is a light aircraft still usable after a successful airframe parachute deployment?

Some light aircraft now have airframe parachutes. If a pilot does have to pull the chute on a Cirrus (for example), is the aircraft flyable or at least repairable after landing or is it a write-off? ...
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Is it even remotely feasible to turnback a single engine aircraft with an engine failure?

Note before reading further that I'm asking this question purely on theoretical grounds, though you are more than welcome to talk about practical aspects as well. Now, my question. It's common ...
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Did Airbus add an audible alert when the autopilot partially disengage after the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593?

The major reason that lead Aeroflot Flight 593 to crash was the partial disengagement of the of autopilot (by the pilot's kid who was in the cockpit) which could have been avoided if the pilots were ...
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How to determine if an aircraft type is currently under investigation?

The Boeing 737 flew for several years despite rudder issues which had not been fully understood and resolved. It's conceivable that flyers who avoided the aircraft had had less probability of injury ...
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How dangerous is flying in a single-engine plane?

Some people consider flying small planes very dangerous. Just how dangerous is it to fly in a light single-engine plane? For example, how does the fatality rate compare to driving a car, riding a ...

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