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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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Should ATC have souls, fuel, and cargo info before the emergency?

We know how stressful and how fast a situation can become fatal. One of the things that bothers me is when a pilot declares an emergency and I hear ATC asking information they should have already (...
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Is it realistic for a WW2 aircraft to dive to extinguish an engine fire?

In the film "Memphis Belle" there is a scene in which the titular plane is successfully put into a steep dive in order to extinguish an engine fire. This may have been the inspiration for a ...
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What is an "artificial decompression"?

Have anyone heard about "artificial decompression" ? And if yes, what does that mean ? I know decompressions are usually classified as "explosive", "rapid" and "...
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How to escape from an aircraft if the door is not armed?

Following the question about arming the door, the link states that doors are usually armed before engine start. What if something goes wrong when passengers are already boading with doors un-armed how ...
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Scared of flying in an Airbus A220

The A220 is exclusively powered by PW1500G geared turbofan engines, which have a history of reliability issues. Multiple airlines grounded their entire A220 fleet amid engine concerns (A220 Engine ...
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What happens if a passenger dies mid-flight?

Last month (December 2014), there were news that a passenger passed away during a flight. As mentioned in this answer, it appears that it is not a very uncommon scenario. In an unfortunate incident ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

The instructions how to land when the radio is no longer working state as the first item "stay away from the class D airspace". Why is the class D specifically mentioned in these instructions? How it ...
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Could a trained individual passenger escape a commercial plane crash by bringing the necessary equipment to parachute?

We've been through why airlines don't provide parachutes for the passengers. But who says they have to be provided? I want to take my fate into my own hands the next time I fly, by bringing my own ...
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Is "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate" legal in Part 121 operations?

14 CFR § 121.557(c) says in part, (emphasis added) Whenever a pilot in command... exercises emergency authority, he shall keep the appropriate ATC facility and dispatch centers fully informed of the ...
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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 type of Flare is best used in GA Survival kit?

I have a question regarding Survival Kit Signaling equipment for a General Aviation aircraft. what type of emergency Flares are recommended for aviation use? The Signaling gun with cartridges type or ...
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Is an autopilot failure an emergency?

If the autopilot of an airliner fails, but everything else still works, weather conditions are good, and the pilots are able to hand-fly the plane with no problems, is this an emergency? Would they ...
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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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Why don't pilots parachute from small planes that are in distress?

There was another question that asked why commercial flights don't have parachutes. The almost ubiquitous response was that the parachutes would be useless because: Most accidents with commercial ...
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Landing without explicit permission

What will happen if civilian ATC suddenly sees unknown plane which request landing due to emergency. Can ATC just forbid such land? If yes, what they do? What if it's foreign military plane?
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With the loss of a carrier, would American Navy aircraft consider landing on allied carriers in a major conflict? [closed]

Imagine a third world war or a major war involving significant use of carriers, something akin to a modern day variant of the battle of Midway involving carrier battles. It isn't unthinkable that ...
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What's the best way to get through clouds when not instrument rated?

The obvious answer to this is... don't go into clouds. But if you are flying among scattered or broken clouds and you go up above them, then when you reach your destination it's overcast and there is ...
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If the landing gear is stuck in an airliner, can the crew go down and manually open it?

There are several instances where we see the landing gear getting stuck before landing. In these kind of situations, can the crew, or one of the pilots, go down to the landing gear area and solve the ...
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Was the miracle on the Hudson saved exclusively by the APU?

In the film Sully, (staring Tom Hanks) the APU is switched on straight after both engines rollback, why was this step necessary; Airbus said this was the "15th thing" to do on the checklist. How or ...
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Has anyone with no flight training ever landed an aircraft with no assistance?

There have been successful "talk-down landings" in which someone on the ground has given instructions over radio for a passenger to land an aircraft when the pilot was incapacitated, but has ...
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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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How can I land without any propulsion? Was the Microsoft simulator right?

Many years ago I played with Microsoft Flight Simulator, turning off my engines and trying to land the plane. Coming down too steeply would crash, as would coming down too slowly. So I figured out ...
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Can you weld a propeller blade from 120 degrees to 180?

My uncle flew for Mission Aviation Fellowship (maf.org) for a university in Texas, and I believe that he was flying a Cessna to the Amazon (among other places). He actually knew Jim Elliot (who went ...
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Why are there not more emergency squawk codes? [duplicate]

7500 is used for hijacking, 7600 for radio failure, and 7700 for any other emergency. I understand that 7600 and 7500 need special handling (you can't talk to ATC if your radio has failed, and a ...
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Can a helicopter autorotate from a hover?

If a hovering helicopter's engine fails, can the helicopter autorotate as it could if it were moving?
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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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Why use a RAT when engines can windmill?

When a dual engine flame-out is encountered, and the engines themselves are not damaged such as in the case of Air Transat Flight 236, why is the RAT deployed for emergency power instead of using the ...
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What is the proper procedure after a bird strike in a single engine plane during takeoff?

First, let me set this up and then ask a general question. I'm just trying to give some context as to why I'm asking. I'm working on my private pilot license and was practicing with my PC simulator (...
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Why are emergency parachutes for pilots so heavy?

Parachute technology doesn't seem to have got much lighter in the past few decades. It seems that most emergency parachutes designed for pilots still weigh about 15 lb. And yet a Cirrus BRS designed ...
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What emergency situation can pilots encounter in gliders/non-powered aircraft?

Pilots have to be able to handle a wide range of emergencies in the air. For powered aircraft, the obvious example to me is recovering from an engine failure, but obviously this can't happen on an ...
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Have the terms Mayday and Pan Pan become less used?

I've noticed listening to videos of emergencies that pilots simply say that their declaring an emergency vs saying Mayday. Am I wrong?
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Could a plane land inside or on top of another plane in flight?

I'm sorry if this is a little fantastical, but I'm just wondering if this type of maneuver is possible in any way. I understand if this question gets pulled. I'm trying to make a little action-...
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Would twin-engine airplanes be safer (in case of engine failure) if had minimal dihedral?

In the specific context of the sudden failure of one engine, would twin-engine airplanes (with wing-mounted engines) be safer if designed with minimal dihedral, so that aerodynamic coupling between ...
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What causes a jet airliner (with a yaw damper) to roll toward the "weaker" engine during an asymmetrical thrust condition?

Please help me better understand what causes a jet airliner (such as the Boeing 737-500) to roll toward the "weaker" engine when power is reduced on one side. Such as in the situations ...
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Are distress calls used in simulators?

Would a pilot flying in a flight simulator with VATSIM make a mayday call in a scenario in which a pilot in a real plane would?
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Why did some aircraft use hand-crank instead of gravity for alternate gear extension?

I wondered whether the final scene in The Memphis Belle where they hurry to extend the gear by hand crank (because their electric system failed) is realistic, but according to this answer the B-17 ...
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Are there any known incidents of ejections by capsule? What are the survival chances?

One hears of many stories of ejection seats but rarely of ejection by capsule. Probably because seats are so much more common. So are there any known incidents of ejections by capsule? F-111 was one ...
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Why is it fairly common for the same aircraft to declare two emergencies, usually radio failures, in less than an hour?

I get notifications from FlightRadar24 whenever a plane squawks 7600 or 7700. It happens a lot; I've received eight today. (It seems like more happen on weekends than on weekdays, probably because ...
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Will all turbine blades stop moving in the event of a emergency shutdown?

In the event of an emergency shutdown of an engine (while in the air), are there systems which prevent movement of turbines (brakes) in case of internal damage? Or will that cause aerodynamic drag ...
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Why is the Airbus A320 permitted to carry 180 passengers, instead of the maximum 179 allowed?

The EASA regulations give the following requirement for number of emergency exits: If then the Airbus A320 is certified to carry 180 passengers, it seems to me that it falls just outside the minimum ...
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What is the Beggs/Mueller emergency spin recovery technique?

I've always used PARE for spin recovery: Power to idle Ailerons neutral Rudder opposite the spin until rotation stops Elevator forward to break the stall What is Beggs/Mueller emergency ...
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Is it permissible to have exit row with ordinary seat spacing?

I was recently flying a flight with an exit row seat on the overwing exit. I was expecting increased seat spacing for this row but to my surprise the seat spacing seemed exactly the same as rows ahead ...
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Are airliners designed to land safely with no undercarriage deployed?

Complete undercarriage failure ("belly landing") is very rare in large passenger aircraft, but not unprecedented. (source) I would imagine it would be fairly easy to predict which part of ...
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How do Pistons vs. Turbines fare during a Carrington event?

Electromagnetic pulses are a staple in sci-fi, and they're basically the writers' hand-waving of "deletes technology" weapons. This question asks about whether or not GA motors would ...
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Difficulties of landing an airliner without instruments

I just heard the communications from an Embraer E170 that lost all instruments after takeoff and had to return to the airport. Brickyard E170 Can someone explain the procedure from the pilot's ...
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Why did the ATI B763 on May 26th 2022 return to LAX instead of landing at Naval Base Ventura County?

Looking at it seems they were right there, they had an emergency, surely even a civilian airplane can land at a naval base in an emergency. I know 767-300ERs used to ...
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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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Why would a pilot pick this military airport as an emergency landing airport?

Looking at this old question, a comment suggested that Skyway Airlines flight 1267 was a possible answer to that question. Out of curiosity, I looked at the NTSB link of the Nov. 1996 incident report ...
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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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