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An emergency is any situation that threatens the safety of an aircraft, the people on board it, or people on the ground.

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Could an airliner pilot successfully exit alone from a controlled ocean ditching?

MH370's 777 disappeared into the Indian Ocean, the investigation positing a possibility of a pilot self-hijacking the plane and flying until resource exhaustion, then gliding into a "controlled&...
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What is the minimum altitude needed to return to the takeoff airport in a 737 after dual engine failure?

Last week, I had my first lesson in a 737 sim. The instructor, when talking about risks with flying the 737, said the only time it would be "game over", would be if you had a double engine ...
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Why don't [most] sailplanes use whole-airplane / ballistic parachutes?

My understanding is that sailplanes usually have the pilots wear the parachute on their back, requiring the pilot to bail out of the aircraft before they can use the parachute. Given the maturity of ...
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Are the emergency exits on a Boeing 747-400 plug doors?

Rossiya Airlines flight FV5625 to Antalya suffered an incident at the gate when a passenger opened an emergency exit (seems to be the L3 door, from what I can tell) "because they felt too hot&...
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Which flight maneuver is better for a takeoff emergency after liftoff, a tear drop (180° turn) or a 360° turn?

Let us say I got a time critical emergency right after the liftoff (like a fire, complete power loss) and I need do a return-to-runway and re-land maneuver. Which option is better, a 180-degree turn ...
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What should a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? [closed]

What would a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? For example, a pilot flies a medium-sized plane and to make the situation a bit less hectic, they're the only one onboard. Then ...
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Why are cockpit alarms still so distracting and unable to be silenced?

I'm watching video RV 10 N783V My 1st Emergency At 8:45 a stall alarm goes off and is a horrible piercing whistle. Why? Surely the pilot has enough distractions without also being deafened while ...
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Engine out over a mountain road. Do you land upwind or up hill?

You're flying solo in a late-model, fixed-gear Cessna 172 with half-full fuel tanks. You are at 1000 feet AGL, 100 knots indicated, directly above the middle of a 2000 foot long straight section of ...
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How often do talk-down landings go wrong?

There are some well documented stories of non-pilots successfully landing airplanes after the pilot was incapacitated. Usually this involves radio assistance by ATC and/or flight instructors. My ...
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If an NORDO airplane approaches and attempts a landing on a controlled airport, is that an automatic emergency?

The airplane never has any communication with ATC etc. but approaches and heads for landing correctly on a controlled airport will that by regulations automatically lead to clearing airspace and ...
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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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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?

Hypothetical scenario. I'm on a commercial airliner (A320) as a passenger, sitting by the wings. We are cruising at 32,000. The oxygen masks suddenly drop down and the nose pitches down heavily, ...
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What is typical ATC procedure when a non-pilot calls from a commercial flight for help?

"This is ShinyWings 123, I'm not a pilot, the pilot and copilot are unconscious. Help." Probably a day air traffic controllers dream of with dread, when a member of cabin crew, or even worse,...
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Seatbelt safety and quick release [closed]

Seatbelts, are said to be the object that causes the most deaths in emergency situations on airplanes. (this part is hearsay, just ancillary! :) ) I free-dive, and one of the rules we were taught is ...
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Is it practical to intentionally stall an aircraft to execute a fast, controlled descent?

An MD-11 had an onboard fire, but had to request more flying distance at least partly to execute a safe descent (and to dump fuel). It ended in tragedy. In another accident, an A330 descended 30,000 ...
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Is it possible for squawk to change automatically in emergency situations?

It might be a silly question, but is it possible for an airliner to automatically switch the squawk code to emergency (7700) during a flight? (For example in case of losing all engines) Thank You In ...
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Does the FAA generally consider a door opening in an unpressurized cabin during flight to be an emergency?

Sometimes doors pop open on older training aircraft during flight. I've read some indications from poorly-documented sources suggesting that this is considered an emergency, but it doesn't appear ...
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Could COVID19 be considered as an ICAO abnormal or emergency situation? [closed]

Could COVID19 be considered as an abnormal or emergency situation as defined by ICAO: Abnormal Situation: A condition concerning the safety of an aircraft or other vehicle, or of some person on board ...
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How close to the envelope and the ideal was US1549 on ditching in the Hudson?

I assume that for "water landing" an airplane should be configured for the lowest possible stall speed, and then flown to that speed before impact to minimize the energy to dissipate on impact. What ...
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Why does the FAA ban preboarding passengers from sitting in emergency-exit rows?

Of the several restrictions every U.S. airline passenger knows about regarding who can and can’t sit in an aircraft’s emergency-exit rows (no one under 15, or physically disabled, or travelling with ...
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What should a pilot do if he does not know where he is and has no form of communication? [closed]

I know this is an almost impossible situation, but... Imagine that a pilot is kidnapped and placed inside a Cessna plane. At a certain point the kidnapper jumps out of the plane, destroying the radio ...
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Why isn't landing in the water a good option in an emergency? [duplicate]

Some people say that landing on water should be considered as a last resort because it is dangerous. But why exactly is it dangerous to land an airplane in the water? Wouldn't it be safer since ...
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How likely is it that there is someone knowledgeable about piloting in a flight control room?

I saw a reasonably looking video about a non-pilot trying to land a plane with the help of a flight control tower (in a simulator): (it is in French). I believe that ...
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Why isn't runway 4L/22R at KMDW available as an emergency runway?

Chicago-Midway (MDW/KMDW) has five runways, oriented along the diagonals of the square airport. The longest two (13C/31C [1988 x 46 m] and 4R/22L [1964 x 46 m]) are ILS-equipped, and serve as the ...
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What is the physical experience of passengers in the cabin during an Emergency Descent?

I am not a pilot so please forgive any misuse of aviation terminology; I'm merely a person who is working hard to overcome a sudden and intense fear of flying. While working through a course to ...
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If pilots in a A320 or 737 had a dual engine failure, would they add flaps for the landing?

Would this not be smart to do because you may come in a little fast, therefore the flaps would send you back up? Or would you absolutely want flaps in this situation
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What switch was Skiles talking about shortly before the Hudson landing?

I'm always amazed by the "miracle of the Hudson River landing" and just now stumbled across this video by the NTSB. At 3:52, Jeffrey Skiles appears to say "* * switch" shortly before they ditch in ...
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Are measures taken to deliberately increase the fuel burn rate to lower the landing weight? [duplicate]

Just recently the Air Canada flight AC837 from Madrid to Toronto had problems with the gear right after take-off and they decided to abort the flight and go back to Madrid. It was a B767-300 (C-GHOZ) ...
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What should I do if I lose situational awareness while in the pattern?

Let's say that I'm doing some pattern work in my favorite little Cessna or Diamond at my favorite little non-towered airport. Everything is going just fine, I'm on the downwind leg... Or, wait a ...
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Why are there many pilots who don't say "mayday, mayday, mayday" to declare an emergency?

I've been listening to some ATC from some major commercial pilots and in every video where there's been some confusion about declaring an emergency they've used some terminology other than "mayday, ...
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smartphones in fligth mode when bad weather conditions? [duplicate]

when flying form Vienna to Stuttgart, we had a terrible weather conditions, before landing the cabin crew announced that by request of the captain, all electronic devices must be switch off, not ...
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How do humanitarian flights arrange special permissions to fly when ATC isn't available?

In natural disasters, transportation infrastructure is often among the first and most critical of public services to be disrupted. Not coincidentally, it's also a time that tends to see small airports ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

Looking at the F-16 again, I noticed the tailhook which it seems to have. I know the F-16 is not designed to land on any aircraft carrier, however, if it was between ditching in the ocean and ...
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Why is the time of useful consciousness only seconds at high altitudes, when I can hold my breath much longer at ground level?

This answer says at FL500 (50,000 ft; 15,250 m) the time of useful consciousness is only 6 to 9 seconds. But if I just stop breathing at any arbitrary time, without any preparation, I can easily ...
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How fast is it safe to eject from an F-16? [duplicate]

What is the limit of the ACES II for the F-16, in terms of altitude and airspeed for safe ejection? The following video tells the story of an F-15 pilot who ejected at supersonic speed and barely ...
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Can an intercepting fighter jet force a small propeller aircraft down without completely destroying it?

A rogue aircraft may fly into a no fly zone, and be intercepted by standard military procedure. That involves increasingly intense attempts to establish communication. When all these fail, it may be ...
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Why can't an Airbus A330 dump fuel in an emergency?

It was reported recently that the Swiss flight LX18 from Zurich to New York had detected an engine issue shortly after take-off and decided to land back in Zurich. Apparently, the Airbus A330-343 ...
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Are there different sub-types of a mayday call and do pilots use them when declaring emergencies?

I was reading this pilot's quote from the Northwest Airlines Flight 85 incident: "This was a classic application of CRM. We were blessed and lucky that we had full flight crew augmentation. We ...
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Why is this exit indicator placed here?

Some Boeing 737s have this exit indicator in the cabin, attached in a seemingly odd position, next to the overhead bins, instead of in the middle. Why is it placed here?
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PIC Emergency Authority [duplicate]

Under 14 CFR 91.3 ---> "In an in-flight emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot in command may deviate from any rule of this part to the extent required to meet that emergency." Under which ...
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Is it legal to make emergency landing on roads?

Recently I've seen many videos of planes landing on car road. Is this legal? Does this only apply to only USA or even other countries?
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Can an airliner be landed with only the auto pilot or remotely?

In this question: How autonomous are commercial passenger airliners? explains how automated the auto-pilot system can be. Could a pilot or more work the controls of the auto pilot that does not have ...
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How would an aircraft visually signal "in distress"?

A ship at sea would fly its flag upside down to signal it's in distress. How does a plane or airliner that has no radio or transponder visually signal that it is in distress? This question: How do ...
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Are requests for an emergency landing ever refused?

Under what circumstances might it happen that a pilot's request to make an emergency landing is refused? Is such a thing known to have occurred?
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What happens if you do emergency landing on a US base in middle of the ocean?

A theoretical situation. I fly from Honolulu International to the Bejing but my private jet gets fuel starvation and then I land on the Wake Island airstrip. What happens next? Would the military ...
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How can the F-16 remain stable when there is a loss of hydraulic power?

Edit for justification: This question is different from If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) on a modern fighter jet fails, will the aircraft drop out of the sky? for the following reasons: The ...
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How long after the last departure shall the airport stay open for an emergency return?

For how long after the last take off for that day, will an airport stay open for emergency return of that last departed aircraft? Where can I find that recommendation? To clarify: an airport needs to ...
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In what emergency situations would a pilot bail out of a helicopter?

The Hiller UH-12 POH actually mentions “Emergency Exit in Flight” as an emergency procedure. What emergencies would make the pilot do this and why don’t other helicopter POH’s mention this?
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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 the 737’s aileron/spoiler authority reduced at low flap settings?

According to the NTSB report on the crash of United Airlines Flight 585, the ability of the 737’s lateral controls (ailerons and flight spoilers) to counteract the rolling forces produced by (say) a ...

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