Questions tagged [emergency]

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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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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What can happen if a bird strikes the engine during landing?

I am not sure what can happen if a bird strikes an engine during landing. To narrow it down: commercial airliner (B787/A380 etc.) hitting a large bird so engine out is likely.
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What is the record for the highest achieved landing speed?

The emergency landing of Hauptmann Siegfried Heltzel in a Lockheed F-104G Starfighter at the Nörvenich Air Base on 02 June 1965 is often mentioned as the record for the highest landing speed. The ...
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How likely could there be a loss of cabin pressure?

You often on commercial aircraft (whilst on the ground to the runway) hear on the safety video: in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen marks will be released from the panel .... What ...
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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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Do pilots ever suffer PTSD after emergency landings?

I have watched a few documentaries about plane crashes where the whole crew and passengers survived. Of course the passengers are usually all scared, but what about pilots? Do they ever suffer from ...
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F-111 emergency landing with no wheel; what is done to reduce risks when loosing a wheel?

There's an interesting incident described here about an F-111 that lost a wheel during take off. Couple of questions: What are the relative risks of an ejection vs a ...
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How able were pilots of three-person cockpits at running the normal FE work?

This question is about whether a FE could fly solo. I'd like to know to what degree the pilots could operate the FE console, e.g. if the FE was incapacitated. How much was covered as part of the type ...
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Could a flight engineer fly a jet solo?

In modern two-engine planes, if one pilot is disabled, it's my understanding that the remaining pilot can safely fly and land the plane. But what about in aircraft like the 727, which had two pilots ...
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Why not just drop an engine on fire?

I am interested in the case of Qantas Flight 32 and similar incidents, where there was a fuel leak after a number two engine explosion due to the disintegration of the turbine disc. It was a very ...
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What happens to the control systems of a BAe 146 when the aircraft runs out of fuel?

On a BAe 146, is there any way to control the aircraft when it's out of fuel? Does the APU run on a separate tank? Can the engines be windmilled for power generation?
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For routes over oceans, are slide rafts fitted with first-aid items, food, water, radio, etc?

Nowadays life rafts are often replaced by slide rafts, the slides having a double function: Evacuation and when detached survival. However they are packed tightly in the aircraft doors, so they ...
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Do jet aircraft have an emergency propeller?

I once heard, or misheard, this: There is an emergency propeller that comes down in an emergency of jet-engine aircraft. It is behind the main landing gears. Is this true or a story somebody made ...
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What is the difference between fuel exhaustion and starvation?

Is there any technical difference between fuel exhaustion and starvation? And what does it mean if a pilot says he has a "fuel shortage"?
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Could future airplanes use rockets to recover plane and/or prevent crash landings? [duplicate]

With the advanced rocket technology that SpaceX uses in the Falcon for re-entry and controlled descent, could the same technology be used in commercial aircraft? I'm asking about using it in ...
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Should you immediately attain max glide speed after engine failure?

For the Cessna 172 Skyhawk maximum glide is attained at a speed of 65 KIAS. If you're flying well above this speed, let's say 90 KIAS, and suffer an engine failure, what would be the best practice: ...
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Swing-up canopy not shut in high-speed flight, what would happen?

What would happen to a canopy like that on the Eurofighter Typhoon that swings up if it wasn't shut properly and the plane was going at high speeds, would the canopy blow back open?
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How common are emergency landings for airliners? Is there really more than one per day at Heathrow?

I've just found an article on one of Italy's most popular newspapers, the "Corriere della Sera", which states that emergency landings are far more common than is normally believed: according to it, at ...
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Can civilian aircraft fly through or land in restricted airspace in an emergency?

This is a super hypothetical question of mine. I was wondering if civilian pilots who happened to be faced with a severe emergency could fly through or possibly request to land in restricted airspace? ...
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Can large airliners such as a 747 maneuver without electricity?

Small aircraft have the flight controls physically linked to control surfaces by some kind of cable and pulley system. For a large aircraft such as a 747, are the control systems mechanically aided ...
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What is the descent rate in emergency situations?

I fly a plane at 40000 feet. There is a sudden depressurization; what is the maximum vertical speed I can keep to come back at a proper altitude? Is this speed different for different emergency ...
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How could a wood and fabric aircraft be controlled after a fabric tear mid-flight?

This question is specific to wood and fabric aircraft. What would happen should the fabric for a wing tear mid-flight and what should the pilot do to increase his survivability following such an ...
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How fast does cabin air pressure leak after a total engine failure?

When an airliner loses all engines while at cruising altitude, two things happen: The plane is a glider. It will descend no matter if you want to or not. The cabin pressure is no longer maintained. ...
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How miraculous was the miracle on the Hudson?

The "miracle on the Hudson" was extremely unusual - dual engine failures and successful off-field landings in commercial A320-size aircraft are very rare. The event has been dramatized and the crew (...
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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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If all engines fail in a Boeing, how heavy are the flight controls?

Consider a large airliner with no Fly-By-Wire controls, such as a Boeing 747 or 767. All the engines have failed, the Ram Air Turbine is deployed, and the plane is gliding. How heavy are the flight ...
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Do cabin evacuation tests include passengers with limited mobility?

When doing the evacuation drills to ensure people can leave the plane in 90 seconds, are they tested with disabled people, ones in wheelchairs or, like myself, people who have difficulties walking and ...
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Are tail strike landings preferable for an emergency landing on water?

In this video, would it have been better if the pilot had attempted a tail-strike landing instead of a normal flare?
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What are the consequences of disobeying cabin crew during emergency? [closed]

I was wondering what would be the consequences of disobeying flight crew due to emergency. I was watching a video of Singapore B773 enroute on Jun 27th 2016 that landed, had a wing on fire, and ...
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What is the rescue arrow decal on a military jet pointing to?

I've noticed that a lot of military jets often have an arrow decal with the wording "RESCUE" pointing to a rectangle of some sort. I tried looking around for information about it but I could not find ...
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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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Are runway safety areas for both emergency landings and aborted take-offs?

Is a runway safety area at the end of a runway provided specifically for safe emergency landing of aircraft using it and are required to abort takeoff just before or after reaching the critical V1 ...
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Can the four-engined Lockheed JetStar II fly on one engine?

As we know, there are no four-engined business/private jets currently in production. Some Dassault Falcon models are actually trijets, but this is not the case. The only four-engined business jet in ...
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What level of damage to an aircraft is acceptable to let it depart?

Yesterday (28 June 2016), a Bombardier Q400 from EPGD to EPWA made an emergency landing because of a blown tire, spotted by a passenger. Everything went smoothly and the plane landed successfully ...
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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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Are pilots legally required to verbally declare an emergency to invoke §91.3(b)'s deviation authorization?

Related:Do you have to explain what your emergency is? I am aware that pilots are required to declare an emergency and inform ATC of as much information as possible during IFR flight due to this rule:...
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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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How was the “frozen wing flap grease” problem solved? (Antarctica, 2001 emergency evac)

In the June 16, 2016 Washington Post news article A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole difficulties of flying in and out of the south pole in winter are ...
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Is it possible to land a commercial aircraft with an elevator trim stuck at a high degree?

I know this is not practical (considering there is normally not much use to use up to 30 degrees of elevator trim), but if you were on a Boeing 777 or 737, or similar, and the elevator trim was set ...
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Do you have to explain what your emergency is?

Story Time: Let's assume, for the sake of the question, that you were piloting a twin engine plane and the right engine, out of the blue, shuts down. After realizing it you declare emergency, and ...
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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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Are sudden turns and descents a standard emergency procedure?

First, I'm not looking for speculation on an accident, I just want to know if pilots are trained to make certain maneuvers in response to an emergency. In reading about the jet that just went down in ...
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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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If the cabin temperature controller does not function, does the pilot have to make an emergency landing?

The cabin temperature controller in commercial airlines, controls the cabin temperature. But if for any reason, it does not function, does the pilot have to make an emergency landing, or can he cruise ...
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How does ATC handle different kinds of emergencies?

This question deals with the pilot procedures for declaring an emergency. I wonder how ATC in the US handles different kinds of emergency or quasi-emergency situations, such as: MAYDAY PAN PAN ...
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Can we use MAYDAY or PAN PAN on ground?

Usually we read, on reports, aircraft reporting urgency or emergency during the flight, while airborne. But, is it correct to use these "words" on ground?
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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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If there was an engine malfunction, could we breathe contaminated air?

If the engine on airliners has for example, an oil leak, can the oil or other substances contaminate the air on the passenger cabin? How would this situation be avoided?
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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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