Questions tagged [emergency-procedures]

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What happens when the runway is unusable at an isolated aerodrome?

What happens when you fly to isolated aerodrome in turbine engine aircraft without predetermined point procedure and just upon arrival for example an aircraft crashes on the runway and you can not ...
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How can Ural Airlines fly an A320 from an unpaved field after an emergency landing?

Ural Airlines flight 1383 had to land in a field due to hydraulic problems and fuel shortage. The airline does not scrap it, but is repairing (source) and is going to fly it. A320 landing gear is not ...
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Could an passenger jet perform a complete power down & up IN FLIGHT? [duplicate]

I've read various references that it is not uncommon that modern passenger jets' computer systems need an occasional reboot to fix some erratic state. Of course, that is done on the ground and ...
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Why do airlines use their own procedures instead of manufacturers'?

Why is it that airline A and airline B can have different (though similar) procedures for exactly the same operation and exactly the same aircraft? Why don't they all use the same procedure since it ...
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What's the difference between "rapid descent" and "emergency descent"?

The pilots should inform ATC when performing emergency descent, but, reporting a rapid descent, is it the same? Can you please, say some situations the pilots will report rapid descent?
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Rules upon accessing the aircraft after emergency landing

The question is inspired by the recent emergency landing of Ural Airlines Flight 1383. Please correct me if it belongs to Aviation.SE or other site. An aircraft performs an emergency landing somewhere ...
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Is needing to urinate an emergency?

I'm planning a 3.5 hour trip. Usually I urinate more frequently than that, but I will not drink many fluids the morning of the flight in an attempt to get to my destination directly. If a pilot or ...
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What is the best way to deal with a stuck throttle?

Recently I watched a fascinating video of Cathay flight 780. What interested me about the end of this incident is that the pilots opted to land the aircraft with the engine 1 still at 80%, over ...
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Human error analysis in general aviation [closed]

can anybody help me with understanding more about the human factors analysis in general aviation Controlled flight into terrain. I am researching on the topic and I would really appreciate any help in ...
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How does the emergency frequency work?

When I'm flying from my airfield, I usually am out of range of the airfield's radio within 50 miles or so, at low altitudes. How does the emergency frequency (121.50) work? Where is the location of ...
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What were the procedures to follow in US Airways Flight 1549 during descent?

In the documentaries, and in the texts about the US Airways Flight 1549 ("The Miracle on Hudson"), procedures and checklists are mentioned and shown as a good example. What procedures were ...
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What does the "EMERG BATT switch" and the associated phrase "(if starting battery installed)" mean?

What does the "EMERG BATT switch" and the associated phrase "(if starting battery installed)" mean? I could not understand what the "EMERG BATT switch" and its associated ...
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What open-loop control inputs can guarantee non-divergent descents in fixed-wing aircraft?

(Inspired by What's the best way to get through clouds when not instrument rated? which has at its heart a good question, but isn't getting good answers because everyone is jumping on the "...
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What if I lost electricity in the night when my destination airport light need to activate by radio?

This is an interesting question I've discussed with my friends As the title says. In this case your transponder doesn't work. Despite the tower can use light to guide you. But: It's totally dark and ...
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Would a passenger on an airliner in an emergency be forced to evacuate?

If a passenger on a part 121 airline flight on an N-registered aircraft refuses to evacuate (or insists on evacuating last, to avoid getting in others' way), would (s)he be forced to evacuate? Assume ...
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Consequences for passengers taking baggage during evacuation [closed]

There are obvious safety reasons to leave luggage behind during an emergency, but many passengers knowingly ignore this and choose to take their luggage with them. I haven't found a clear answer: Do ...
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How are Airbus pilots trained for using the mechanical backup control systems?

The A320 and friends have mechanical-only control capability (manual pitch trim + rudder pedals) for cases of total fly-by-wire computer or electrical failure. Obviously, this would be covered in ...
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Does a B777 have a control priority button?

There have been accidents where one pilot gets confused, panics, inappropriately pulls or pushes the control column, and the other pilot does not manage to get control from them and the aircraft ...
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Are there procedures for pilots to handle loss of ATC at normally-towered airports?

Are there procedures for pilots to safely handle a situation in which ATC loses the ability to communicate (complete loss of power, incapacitation of all controllers, etc.) at a busy towered airport?
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Do airliners have a "switch" or other means of rapidly squawking emergency?

A standard means of informing Air Traffic Control of an emergency situation is to enter the code 7700 into the radar transponder. However, in a situation where the radios are busy and the crew is ...
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RAT Deployment and Stowage

In this question, it states that the ram air turbine (RAT) deploys automatically on Airbus aircraft when there is a dual engine failure. Is there a way to stow the RAT in case systems are recovered ...
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Cessna 208B Caravan various emergencies

looking for help from some experienced Caravan pilots. So for the 208B Caravan we have our emergency checklist, which for engine failure tells us to power idle prop feather and fuel lever to idle and ...
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Best glide speed vs. best glide angle? Maximum glide range?

I have some open questions regarding best glide in a descent: I understood, that there is a best glide speed. This best glide airspeed occurs at the highest lift-to-drag ratio (L/D). This best glide ...
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Why does spin recovery involve cutting the throttle?

When recovering from a spin, the first step is generally to cut the throttle: ... Otherwise, to recover from an upright spin, the following generic procedure may be used: Power is first reduced to ...
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What does this handle from the movie Flight (2012) do?

I wanted to ask about something that, as an aviation enthusiast I have never seen before, from the movie Flight with Denzel Washington. Perhaps the reason is is because it's a movie. You pull these ...
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Why descend after a single engine failure in an Airbus?

The procedure says to descend to lrc ceiling. But, why do we need to descend? The aircraft is still able to maintain speed even at higher altitudes, at FL300, in FS2020, it was maintaining around 215-...
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How to calculate the best glide speed if there is none on the POH?

I am studing the POH of Seneca II and could not find the Best Glide Speed. Where can I get this information from? I thought to multiply Vs clean for 1.4 to get an approximate result but I am not sure ...
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What is the go-around pattern and procedure for Heathrow?

An hypothetical situation in which an airplane taking-off at Heathrow must go-around / land immediately after taking-off. What will happen during this scenario: Is there any specific action to be ...
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Do commercial airlines have procedures for evacuating pets from the cabin in an emergency?

I recently got into an offsite discussion about flying with pets in the cabin and what would happen in an emergency on board. I brought up the fact that United Airlines' pet policy states, "In the ...
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If alternator fails and I'm running on battery power, what equipment can I turn off to conserve power?

For a PPL, if the alternator goes out and I'm running on battery power, the typical advice is turn off what you can to conserve power. But what exactly is safe/unsafe, or order in which to turn off ...
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From a safety standpoint, which is better: voice aural alerts or tone aural alerts?

Most modern airplanes have some sort of crew alerting system. These alerts are generally conveyed through display messages, lights, and aural alerts. Aural alerts can either be tones or voices. For ...
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What is the difference between the two fields on the bottom half of the upper ECAM display on Airbus airplanes?

Note the two fields with green text on the bottom half of the display, separated by a white line. During abnormal conditions, the left portion may show "ECAM actions," but I do not know what ...
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Pilot NOT confirming checklist in Sully (2016). A script error?

In Sully (2016) there's a short moment when pilot flying (captain) confirms something exactly opposite to the checklist item just read by pilot not flying (first officer): FO: Emergency electrical ...
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Flying VFR in uncontrolled airspace, what to do if one spots an apparently out-of-control fire on the ground?

Suppose I'm flying VFR in class G (uncontrolled) airspace, monitoring the local CTAF frequency while doing so. Maybe I'm alone in doing circuits around the local airport, or maybe I'm practicing ...
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How to calculate the altitude my aircraft normally loses in two minutes of gliding descent?

As this may be a rookie question, I just can't wrap my head around if it is an approximate or established number. Doesn't it always depend on different conditions, such as wind(affecting AGL immensely)...
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How is the hazard from a malfunctioned ejection seat system handled?

Suppose an incident like this: An airplane equipped with an ejection seat suffers a problem severe enough that the pilot decides to eject. As he pulls the handle... nothing happens. The ejection ...
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What rules exist that state what a competent authority do with a runaway drone?

In this AAIB accident investigation, published in 2021, a rather terrifying event is described in which a 3m long, 95 kg remote-control nearly-home-built drone is flown at speeds of up to 25 m/s below ...
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What do you need to have onboard for flights with an ultralight/sport aircraft over water (Atlantic, Pacific)? Life raft possible (weight/size)?

Remark: For us in Germany an UL is a 2 seater with 470/600kg MTOW. AFAIK those are named Light Sport Aircraft in the US/Australia. Example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikarus_C42 What do you use if ...
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What is the procedure when an aircraft with an emergency can't land due to a blocked runway?

This is a hypothetical scenario, but I'm interested to know if there are any regulations/guidance for what ATC should do in this situation. The hypothetical nightmare scenario: The runway is blocked ...
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Are there aeromedical reasons to avoid too-rapid descent in hypoxia?

I recently watched this video: When the controller realized the pilot was hypoxic (at about 9m47s in the video) they said, Kalitta 66 if able descend and maintain FL260 ...
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During an engine failure in Diamond DA-40, should the prop lever be at fine pitch or coarse pitch?

Chapter 3 of AFM doesn't mention anything about prop lever setting during engine restarting for both windmilling as well as stationary propeller
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Who or what is the DEN and what do they do?

I was reading some older Av.SE pages and ended up on the ATC procedural document JO 7110.65 for handling emergencies. Down at the very bottom under 10.2.19(b) which has to do with medical/health ...
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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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Why did my plane descend nose down?

I was on a flight recently and the plane started to descend normally etc. However one cabin crew member randomly announced "remember if we have an emergency landing please leave all your ...
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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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What is the brace position in light aircraft like a Cessna?

There is nothing to grab onto in the front, except the yoke, and it's not possible to bend over because, again, the yoke is in the way.
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Is it practical to use ground effect to extend range in an emergency?

Imagine a piston engine airplane (let's say a DC-3) flying at cruise speed and altitude over a calm sea, trying to reach an unreachable airstrip straight ahead, just above sea level. Fuel is very low ...
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How far can a plane squawking 7700 be heard and how quickly will the news spread?

This is just an idle question I have after watching Non-Stop (2014), but suppose a plane (let's assume a Boeing 767-400) is over the Atlantic and sets its transponder to indicate it's in an emergency. ...
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How to do the land maneuver if I got complete thrust loss after liftoff with runway ahead?

I am flying a single engine aircraft and after liftoff in air at low height, I lost the engine but I till have some runway length ahead, what should I do? Land straight ahead? How could I tell if I ...
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On an engine failure, can I contact the tower instead of 121.5?

Let's say I am cruising at a very high altitude with my Cessna, like at 5000ft+ AGL, and I got an engine failure. After going through the checklist, my engine is still not working, but I realized ...

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