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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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Why can't you ditch your aircraft in the sea?

Disclosure: I'm just a random guy who knows nothing about aviation. :-) I read: A voice in my earphones was shouting: “Ditch the plane! Ditch it in the ocean!” It must have come from the ...
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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 happens to en route flights when a major earthquake etc. destroys facilities?

Suppose you're flying a big plane in to an airport like Mexico City, already in final descent, when an earthquake strikes. Large cracks appear in the paved infrastructure catching some vehicles by ...
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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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Are retired airline pilots allowed and able to help in an emergency situation?

My dad is a pilot who flew over 15000 hours in 777. Will he be able/allowed to help the crews if the same plane is in emergency?
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Why does ATC ask a crew who has declared an emergency if their aircraft will be overweight when landing?

I have heard ATC ask an emergency aircraft if they will be overweight when landing. Why do they ask? I am not asking about the consequences of an overweight landing or what procedures are required ...
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On average, how often (in flight hours) will a pilot face an emergency situation?

Experienced pilots (e.g. those with over 10,000 hours) are more likely to have faced an emergency situation some time in their career, compared to a new pilot (with say 40 hours). My question is, how ...
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Can you report a crash landing on an emergency frequency even if you are not at the airport?

You see a crash landing near the airport but you're in a car, no other planes have reported the status of the plane, and Approach can no longer contact the plane. Can you report the crash on an ...
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Why is it forbidden to wear glasses when leaving the plane during an emergency?

On my last flight with Iberia I noticed in the safety guidelines that you are not allowed to wear glasses during an emergency. If I have to take off my glasses I would have serious problems seeing ...
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What responsibility does a pilot have for people on the ground when making an emergency landing?

Recently, a Cessna made an emergency landing on a crowded beach in Portugal. The two occupants of the aircraft did not sustain any serious injuries, but two people on the ground died. A couple of ...
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Is there no warning if landing gear is not retracted during flight?

I know that most aircraft have a warning system which makes beeping sounds if an aircraft tries to land without the gear down. After reading this news article about an Air India flight 676 flying ...
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Is it possible to revive a pilot who has had a medical condition in a seated position in a small aircraft?

I recently learned of a business executive who sold his company jet (single pilot operation) after his corporate pilot (in his 50ies) fell to the ground during the pre-flight inspection of the ...
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What follow-up actions, if any, does the FAA take when a pilot declares an emergency in flight?

This question focuses on what the FAA is required to do when pilot declares an emergency, as opposed to what a pilot is required to do. (The answer to this question is not covered in typical pilot ...
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How can I calculate the glide time for a B737 with engine failure?

We talked today in our flight school about the following scenario: if I climb in my 737-800 to FL100 and then have a dual engine failure, how many seconds would it take me before I reach ground? I'm ...
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Do aircraft always have the right of way on the ground? Or must they yield to police/fire/ambulance?

I know FAA said aircraft always have the right of way over ground vehicles. What if a police car, ambulance or fire truck needed to pass?
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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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How should I deal with a cable break at low level during a glider winch launch?

What should I do when rope breaks at 220-360 ft [75-120m] when there is not sufficient runway to land ahead and not sufficient altitude to make a return manuover and land with the wind direction?
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Are pets/animals in the cargo hold monitored inflight for any sudden medical condition?

My question is more from a long haul flight POV. Does the crew do a mid-flight check etc. What if any animal/pet have a sudden cardiac arrest or some emergency medical situation, will the crew or ...
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Is it a standard procedure to use emergency slides without imminent danger?

On 11 Jun 2017 Easyjet U23246 from Ljubljana to London Stansted diverted to Cologne-Bonn over a "suspicious conversation". All passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides, see BBC Video. ...
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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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Is it true that Ryanair flies without fuel reserves? [closed]

Is it true that Ryanair flies without any fuel reserves so they get priority to land? I was told that they declare an emergency for landing because of low fuel levels, that is why they always arrive ...
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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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What can trigger the ELT on GA aircraft?

Does the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) on smaller aircraft activate automatically in case of an accident? If so, what triggers it? Is it a certain amount of G's that triggers it or are there ...
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Do carriers such as Janet Airlines carry ADS-B transponders?

I was doing some casual browsing and came across some videos related to Janet Airlines. This is something I remember hearing of many years ago but this happened to jog my memory. What jurisdiction ...
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Do airlines have contingency plans to keep passengers warm in the event of an Arctic emergency landing (or otherwise a diversion)?

Imagine you're flying to Los Angeles in February, but find yourself landing in Iqaluit instead, with a daily mean of −27.5°C, without considering the effect of wind. Even walking from the cabin to a ...
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Why did the Swiss International Air LX40 (a 777-300ER) emergency land at Iqaluit airport?

Swiss International Air LX40 (a brand new 777-300ER) was en route from Zurich to LA on 1 Feb 2017 when one of the GE90 engines shut itself down because of data from its self-monitoring algorithms. ...
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How do helicopter pilots practice auto rotation?

How do helicopter pilots practice auto rotation, and specifically, the landing phase? Timing the flare as ground is approaching seems critical to a successful auto rotation landing. Yet I can't ...
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When flying a glider in emergency situation, would it be more safe to bailout or to land in a forest?

Is there any consensus when it comes to this question? If it depends then it depends on what exactly? I'm interested in the decision making in this kind of situation.
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Does the EASA/FAA require additional life vests, and life vests for infants/children?

Is there some requirements (EASA or FAA) for additional life vests, and life vests for infants/children on-board estimation?
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Does it make sense to do an emergency landing without nose gear in order to reduce stopping distance?

Would a pilot decide to land without the nose gear down to increase friction if for example all the engines have suffered a flame-out and there is only a very short runway available ?
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During an engine failure should I deploy 10° of flap or keep it clean?

Imagine I have an engine failure in cruise flight with a Cessna 152 or 172. Should I select 10° flap to increase glide angle? Would it give me more range to reach safety?
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Why evacuate upwind?

Evacuation procedures after a forced landing recommend directing passengers upwind of the aircraft. What is the reason why evacuating upwind is better than other directions?
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What first aid equipment is on a commercial aircraft?

I have always wondered what type of first aid equipment is on a commercial aircraft with an airline such as Thomas Cook or Ryanair. Do they have things to save your life etc.??
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Could a knowledgeable passenger have saved Helios Flight 522?

Helios Flight 522 crashed when the crew unknowingly suffered hypoxia. Although the masks in the passenger cabin deployed, the crew were unaware of this and didn't realise the extent of the problem. ...
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How often are passenger oxygen masks deployed?

In commercial passenger aviation, how frequent (or infrequent) is the case that oxygen masks deploy? Please include links to statistics.
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How should a loss of communications in VFR be dealt with?

Let's say I'm flying a cross country flight and I wanted to land in a Class D or enter Class C towered airport, but I lost my two-way communications radio but have my transponder squawking 7600. ...
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Why do emergency exits over the wings have “step up and through motion” rather than having floor level exits?

My questions stems from the following paragraph from Wikipedia: Additionally, during aircraft evacuations, it has been found that the majority of overwing window exit designs of Boeing 737 (NG) ...
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How long can an ELT run before the battery is dead?

I recently learned that ELTs are required to run a maximum of 60 minutes before the power supply battery has to be recharged or replaced. This really doesn't seem like a great amount of time for this ...
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What can I do to save my life if oxygen masks fail to drop down? Is it possible?

What is the safest and fastest solution (method) in this situation?
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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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How long does a non-ETOPS flight need to be able to fly in an one-engine-out situation?

Let's say that you're in a 737, mid-cruise in a non-ETOPS situation, and you lose one engine. Are there any FARs governing how long you need to be able to stay airborne? Or is all that's required the ...
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Which commuter flight was forced to land in a cornfield in '96 or '97?

Last night a friend's wife was describing her experience as a child being on a flight that encountered a flock of Canadian geese, where at least one engine was lost to a bird strike. I suspect both ...
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Do transoceanic airliners monitor marine VHF emergency frequencies?

I know that modern jetliners often have a multitude of radio equipment on board, including VHF, HF, satellite, etc. From what I've read (such as here), it's customary for jetliners to monitor 121.5 ...
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What is the best method for an emergency takeoff?

(YouTube) Before the collision at Tenerife the pilot of KLM Flight 4805 caused a 22-meter (72-foot) tail-strike by rotating early (I can't say that I blame him given the circumstances). Is dragging ...
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What are the SOPs following an overweight landing?

Modern commercial aircraft are certified to be able to land at any weight providing that the runway is long enough. The "overweight landing" QRH procedures for the 734 and A320 are correspondingly ...
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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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Could flywheel type gyros stablize a plane?

An aircraft carrier has massive spinning gyros to keep the ship upright against waves. Do planes of any type have gyros like those used in satellites? Not instrument gyros. In the picture below ...
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What happens if a commercial airplanes navigation system completely failed during a flight?

What would happen if all of the the navigation systems (such as GPS & INS) in a commercial aircraft completely failed? Could the aircraft land safely without all the navigation aids?
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What will the pilot do if all the airspeed indicators fail?

Are there any alternate instruments to indicate the airspeed in case of pitot tube failures?
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How to relay an emergency to ATC while on the ground?

So we have somebody that contacted ATC via a Facebook post. Suppose I saw that Facebook post and believed it to be a genuine emergency. How can I contact ATC?

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