Questions tagged [emergency-procedures]

Questions specifically about procedures to be used in emergency situations. Use the "emergency" tag for more general questions.

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What is the minimum altitude for dumping fuel?

In this question, a comment mentioned that if a 4-engine airliner suffers a 3-engine failure shortly after takeoff, the only way to stay aloft may be to dump fuel. What is the minimum altitude which ...
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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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Are emergency actions an appropriate part of a captain's briefing in a light aircraft?

It is generally considered that giving a captain's briefing when flying passengers in a light aircraft for recreational purposes is a good thing to do. I'm asking about flying people who may not be ...
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Is there a procedure to safely handle a PED battery problem on a commercial flight?

On a recent flight, I heard a (somewhat unsettling announcement) from the flight attendant (paraphrasing from memory): Dear passengers, if you currently have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device in your ...
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Why select the transponder to TA only in the case of engine failure?

Part of the 777 engine failure checklist is to set the transponder to TA only. What is the purpose of this step?
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During an engine restart procedure, what are the purposes of a.) throttle back to idle and b.) primer “in and locked”?

I was making some study flashcards today for Emergency Procedures in the Cessna 162 POH, and realized that I don't quite understand steps 2 and 6 of the ENGINE FAILURE DURING FLIGHT (Restart ...
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How is an airplane towed/recovered after an emergency off-field landing? [closed]

I understand that there may be many different scenarios and situations, and that a similar question has some answers to this, but I was wondering if there are answers with existing examples. Some ...
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Is there any emergency situation in which jet engines would not be shut down before passenger evacuation of a transport aircraft?

A comment to this answer discusses the possibility of evacuating passengers risking ingestion into the engines if evacuating over the leading edge of the wing. That particular question discusses the ...
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Declaring an emergency: How should you report fuel remaining?

When a flight has to declare an emergency, they are asked for souls on board and fuel remaining. Sometimes the ATC will want fuel in minutes (or hours) and sometimes in pounds. Could we get a ...
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What help do you have to provide if you are seated in the emergency row and there is a situation?

Follow up from What if there are no volunteers to sit in the emergency exit row? and @mins 's comment: I'm curious... What prevents someone to say they will assist and then just rush out of the ...
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How is the emergency exit row handled when there are no passengers aboard eligible to sit in an exit row seat?

Based on Roddy's question about nobody volunteering for the exit row, I can imagine a related but more extreme scenario: what if there are no passengers on the plane who are eligible for an exit row ...
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What if there are no volunteers to sit in the emergency exit row?

I'm currently seated in the emergency exit row, and had an interesting thought. If I was unable or unwilling to assist the crew in an emergency and operate the emergency exit, then I am supposed to ...
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Case Study: Did I need to declare an emergency?

I am a fairly newly minted private pilot licensee (PPL). I had just taken off from a small private, (but open to the public) airfield. We are under the shelf of Class B, but are G up to 700 and then E ...
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Do fighters or bombers ever ditch their weapons?

I was just reading about the reasons why commercial aircraft will sometimes need to dump (or otherwise consume) their extra fuel. Things like decreasing landing weight, speed, reducing fire risk, etc. ...
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What are these little things on the evacuation slide?

I marked them with black circles. What are they for? Source (modified)
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Do a full 360 on engine failure? [closed]

One episode I remember well from my training was a lesson on engine failure. To this day I am still a little uncertain about the takeaway from that lesson, which was by a secondary instructor, not my ...
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What are some of the more common procedures when faced with a hung landing gear?

A hung landing gear is a potentially disastrous situation for a pilot flying a general aviation piston aircraft. During "shop talk" I've heard people say that the best thing to do is cycle the gear. ...
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Does cargo heat failure require a diversion? What about if there are live animals in cargo?

There was a story in the news recently that an Air Canada 787-8, enroute from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Toronto (YYZ), diverted to Frankfurt (FRA) when the pilots discovered a problem with the cargo heat. ...
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How are fly-by-wire airliners controlled in case of complete electrical failure?

In this comment, it is postulated that even fly-by-wire aircraft (Airbus) are demonstrated to fly without any electrical systems. All Airbus aircraft are demonstrated controllable with complete ...
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In this 2nd brace position, should your head lean against the seat in front?

Air Crash Investigation: M1 Plane Crash (S14E01) motivated this question, the relevant timestamps for which I greened. Neither the audio or picture below (in which the hands are hiding the front of ...
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Can a passenger jet be towed to safety if it breaks down in midair?

A car can be towed by a tow truck to the repair shop when it breaks down on the highway. Is it possible for a passenger plane to be towed by an emergency tow plane along the air corridor to the next ...
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May an emergency aircraft land on a closed runway?

Let's say that you're on approach to a remote airport to refuel (for arguments sake, Funafuti International Airport, Tuvalu), with 1-2 hours of fuel remaining in your aircraft. Contacting ATC to ...

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