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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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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 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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Does air traffic control identify a distress situation when an aircraft flies triangles in the sky?

There is an account in a TSB Canada investigation report after a loss of radio and transponder: The emergency procedure to be followed by a pilot to alert radar stations when in distress and unable ...
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Is is possible to land a midsize commercial plane on an Ford Class aircraft carrier?

I'm story-boarding a novel. I'm toying with the idea of contriving a situation in which a midsize commercial aircraft is forced to make an emergency landing on an aircraft carrier. I read here that ...
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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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Why are there so many 7700 squawks?

I installed an app some months ago, which gives a push message when an aircraft squawks 7700. The first time it happened, I thought the plane was about to crash, ...
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How is the emergency locator transmitter of the A320 fixed, activated and carried away?

I've some closely related questions about the emergency locator transmitter, ELT, the "distress beacon", on the Airbus A320. From this question about antennas on the A320: The ELT antenna seems ...
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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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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 a failed ditching of an aircraft also Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)?

Does CFIT apply in case of a plane (not an seaplane) failing a "landing" emergency in the open sea?
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Can a plane fly without the Vertical Stabilizer?

What would happen if a plane (for the sake of the question let's say that the plane is an Airbus A380) lose its Vertical Stabilizer?
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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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In an emergency, how much runway does an A320 need to stop safely?

From time to time I land at Wellington Airport in an A-320. The runway has sea at either end and is 2,081m (6,827ft) long. There's never been a problem but I find landing there a bit nerve wracking ...
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How can cargo be jettisoned from a C-124 in flight?

I was reading about a C-124 that was carrying three nuclear weapons over the Atlantic, and developed engine trouble. The article said that two of the weapons were jettisoned into the ocean for safety ...
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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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To what requirements / assumptions RSAs & EMAS designed?

I've several questions regarding runway safety area (RSA) and engineered materials arresting system (EMAS): Is RSA/EMAS designed for impact loading at the point of touchdown and to absorb energy of ...
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Why was the WWII RAF fighter joy stick loop design not used widely?

WWII RAF fighters had a loop on top of the joy stick in case of hand loss or injury - Anyone know why the Allies didn't copy this very helpful idea?
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How is aircraft control positively transferred between pilot flying and pilot not-flying?

I am watching the video NTSB Animation Flight 1549 Hudson River Landing US Airways (Youtube) and at 0:36 in the video, after the bird strike, you see the following dialogue: ...
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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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How should passengers report SOS signal sightings?

On January 23, 2015, I flew from Buenos Aires, Argentina (SAEZ) to Santiago, Chile (SCEL). It was a very comfortable night flight in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner of LAN airlines, though it was delayed. ...
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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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Why are pilots deemed unfit to fly after emergency ejection?

There are many instances where pilots need to eject out of the cockpit due to emergency situations, and after such an ejection from some modern aircraft, pilots are deemed unfit to fly airplanes for ...
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How do Airbus planes flare in normal operation?

In reading the reports and Sully's comments regarding the flight that was ditched in the famous events of US Airways Flight 1549, I am wondering how the Airbus control system works to flare an ...
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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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If a helicopter's tail rotor fails, is it possible to perform an emergency landing?

In the event of a total failure of the tail rotor, is it possible to maneuver a helicopter to an emergency landing spot that is within, say, 30 minutes flying time? What are the maneuvers required ...
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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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In an emergency, can an airliner land at Pyongyang or another North Korean airport?

If a flight was, say, en route to Seoul, but could only make it to the closest available airstrip and that was Pyongyang, would that be allowed? What would they be met with on the ground?
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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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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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What things can a passenger look out for, to indicate an emergency?

As a passenger with a keen interest in aviation, I'd like to think I'd be eagle-eyed enough to spot a problem that the pilots mightn't be able to see, from where they're sitting (for example, an ...
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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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What is the difference between being instructed to land “as soon as possible” or “at nearest suitable airport”?

On commercial airliners, the FCOM (Flight Crew Operating Manual) sometimes gives instructions to the pilots to land sooner than planned, following various in-flight failures or emergencies. For ...
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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 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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What details do EICAS systems provide?

I was reading this article about EICAS: Engine-indicating and crew-alerting system (EICAS) includes instrumentation of various engine parameters, including for example revolutions per minute, ...
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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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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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What conditions cause the gear-up warning to sound on a Bombardier DASH-8?

As the title says, what conditions cause the gear-up warning to sound on a Bombardier DASH-8?
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In a Practice Forced Landing (PFL), what are Low Key and High Key and how are their locations determined?

Please explain what are "low key" and "high key" in practice forced landings? Are they any particular locations with respect to the airfield? Are they the same for every aircraft? Will they change ...
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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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Is it very rare to be a senior pilot with no emergency occurrence in history?

I was reading a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector from Transport Canada: I have met a few pilots who have flown all their lives without declaring an emergency. Pilots such as these are very rare. ...
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What is the Extent of the Emergency Authority of the Pilot-in-Command (FAA)?

When writing an answer to this question regarding flight deck access during flight, I mentioned the authority of the PIC to deviate from regs as necessary for safety purposes, citing the usual FAR, 14 ...
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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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What criteria are used for exiting an airplane in an emergency?

I often see after a crash that people die unable to exit the aircraft. The news reports and passenger and safety organizations criticize the FAA for not having realistic emergency exit regulations. ...
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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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