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Questions tagged [aircraft-failure]

A state in which one or more systems on an aircraft have failed, affecting the aircraft as a whole.

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What could the fuel pump failure have been that my flight experienced?

I was on an Easyjet flight (I think an A320), when mid-flight, I overheard a member of cabin crew tell another passenger there was a 'technical' issue with the aircraft, that might make us slightly ...
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How is health monitoring of large aircraft engines and components done?

How is online (in-flight) and offline (between flights) health monitoring of large aircraft engines and other essential components done? As far as I have been told, there are a lot of measured ...
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How common is engine failure?

What are the failure rates for piston, turbine, and jet engines? (If more subdivisions of "engine" are necessary to make the data useful, please point them out).
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Is there AOG liability?

From Wikipedia: Aircraft on Ground or AOG is a term in aviation maintenance indicating that a problem is serious enough to prevent an aircraft from flying. Generally there is a rush to acquire ...
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Why evacuate upwind?

Evacuation procedures after a forced landing recommend directing passengers upwind of the aircraft. What is the reason why evacuating upwind is better than other directions?
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Is pilot alerted of any physical or structural failures?

Current crew alerting system messages, I believe, are displayed basing on the software detection of the failures basing on the sensor information. What kind of structural failures can occur to an ...
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Is it ever possible to auto-rotate with a missing rotor blade?

A couple of years ago a UH-60 managed an auto-rotation landing with "badly damaged rotor blades." (Couldn't find further details on that incident.) Is it ever possible to auto-rotate in a helicopter ...
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what is the statistical risk of head rotor failure?

What are the chances of rotor failure? What percentage of crashes are related to a malfunction of the rotor head?
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Are there cameras which can show external components of an airplane to help pilots determine a fault? [duplicate]

Looking at this crash - wiki - my question came up - are there passanger planes, which have real time view of external components like engines, wings and so on, which can eventually help pilots ...
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What would happen to the rudder on an A320 if both FAC systems failed?

What would happen to the rudder of an A320 if both Flight Augmentation Computer (FAC) systems completely failed during mid-flight? Would the auto pilot immediately pass control back to the pilots or ...
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Are modern aircraft provided with analog consoles in case of a software failure?

I am curious about the redundancy they provide in modern era commercial aircraft. Here are the questions: If an aircraft suffers partial or complete software malfunction, do the pilots have the ...
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What is an optimum engine-out bank angle?

I've heard three methods you should use in a multi-engine aircraft when engine-out, each recommending a different amount of bank: Wings level, hold aileron to maintain roll and correct using rudder. ...
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How do Ram Air Turbines get deployed?

I understand that most larger jets have a Ram Air Turbine (RAT) in case of total electrical failure (for instance, when you run out of fuel) in order to at least have some hydraulics and a couple of ...
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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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After an emergency landing, what procedures should the pilot follow?

In case of an emergency landing (non-fatal) on a road/highway or in a large field, what happens next? Should police be contacted? Should aircraft owner and/or insurance be contacted? In case landing ...
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What can I do as a bystander on the ground if I see an aircraft above me that appears to be failing?

If I'm watching an aircraft fly overhead and it becomes apparent to me that it is failing, what action can I take in response to this incident? For now I will leave this question generic as to ...