Questions tagged [engine-failure]

An engine failure occurs when one or more engines on an aircraft stop functioning normally. This is often assumed to mean a complete loss of power from the engine, but partial power loss and excess power are also engine failures.

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Can aileron control maintain track in a single engine failure on a twin?

Let us say I am flying a twin-engine aircraft and I got a engine failure during cruise, without any control on rudder and use the ailerons only, can I still maintain the target track or heading? Will ...
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What is the minimum altitude needed to return to the takeoff airport in a 737 after dual engine failure?

Last week, I had my first lesson in a 737 sim. The instructor, when talking about risks with flying the 737, said the only time it would be "game over", would be if you had a double engine ...
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How do you quantify rudder effectiveness as a function of bank angle?

I'm currently reviewing just for fun aircraft dynamics based on OEI (one engine inoperative) scenarios. After reading that "lower pedal forces at higher bank angles" are required, it got me ...
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What could cause both engines on a 737-200 to fail at nearly the same time?

On July 2nd a 737-200 departing from Honolulu experienced engine trouble shortly after take-off. The flight ended with the flight crew having to ditch the aircraft and being rescued by the Coast Guard....
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Why does an engine fail if its FADEC fails?

Due to scarce resources on Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and different FADEC technologies used in different engines, I have a poor understanding of it. As the title says, why can't we ...
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What is a "runaway supercharger"?

During World War 2, my uncle was a navigator for a B-17G bomber based in the UK. On return from a bombing run over Frankfurt, the crew was forced to bail out over Belgium at 3000 feet altitude. My ...
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Could an airliner with only one functioning engine recover from a stall?

If a modern commercial airplane such as a Boeing 787 would stall with only one functioning engine, is it possible for the pilots to right it or would it require two functioning engines?
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Is it safe to use a propeller plane to fly commercially over the Tibetan Plateau?

I saw this youtube video today: Flying over Mt Everest. A lovely view of stunning nature - quite spectacular. However, I looked up the plane - or at least what I think is the plane - and found that it ...
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What happens to Vyse and Vxse above the OEI ceiling?

An EASA ATPL question/answer insists, counterintuitively, that a twin which loses an engine and must drift down will find its least rate of sink at Vxse. I've been trying to understand this, but haven'...
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Are aircraft certified for inflight thrust reversal required to demonstrate controllability in an asymmetric-reverse-thrust scenario?

For most jetliners, the inflight use of reverse thrust is prohibited (and often physically impossible), due to the potential for loss of control in the event of an inflight reverser deployment (a ...
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Does transport-type certification account for engine separation and its possible effect on hydraulic lines?

This question is inspired by the United Airlines Flight 328 where the No. 2 engine is damaged. Some multi-engine aircraft are design to withstand the detachment of an engine while some are not. Boeing ...
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Any ideas on what caused my engine failure?

On my second solo flight I came back to do a few landings, and after the first landing I applied full power for takeoff to which the engine responded by just shutting off on me. Not sure if my mixture ...
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What is the procedure for an engine fire in the 737-800?

If there is a fire in one of the engines of the 737-800, what is the procedure to be followed in the following situations? Climb Cruising altitude Approach What should the pilot do in the cabin in ...
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What is the most severe engine failure for modern turbofan?

Today I read again something about the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and the related engine failure resulting in one passenger being sucked out of the window. As I understood it was a fan blade out ...
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Why "Throttle...Open 1/2 travel" on engine troubleshoot checklist?

Why do some engine troubleshoot checklists (on small single engine piston aircraft) call for throttle to only be open 1/2 travel? I suspect it has something to do with modern fuel injected engines, ...
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How controllable is the 737 in single-engine manual-reversion flight? Is it controllably landable (or go-around-able) in this condition?

The 737 is practically the only civilian jetliner still in production1 to have provisions for flight-control manual reversion; in the event of a total failure of the A and B hydraulic systems, the 737’...
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Was it ever considered to optimise a jet to normally operate with one engine shut off?

As I understand it, the current trend to reduce all commercial aircraft to no more than two turbofans has long-relevant reasons – the more engines, the higher the fuel consumption – and earlier jets ...
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In an engine failure, should I expect less range than with the engine in idle?

I fly a C172 (fix pitch propeller) and when my instructor and I practice a simulated engine failure, we do not turn off the engine, instead we set the engine to idle. In an actual engine failure, ...
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Why aren't quadjets required to remain controllable after a sudden, simultaneous failure of two engines on one side?

For all multiengine jets, it must be possible to maintain directional control of the aircraft in the event of a sudden failure of one engine in flight, with the other(s) firewalled, down to not far ...
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How does retracting flaps help extend the glide of an aircraft?

As per the video from Smithsonian channel BA flight 38's captain retracted the flaps of the Boeing 777 by 5 degrees to extend glide, to travel further. Why?
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Can APU start in-flight using RAT or battery power?

Is it possible for a passenger jet to start its APU using power from the RAT? If so, are there plausible benefits to doing so (like supplying hydraulic pressure to the wheel brakes)? Do modern ...
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Can a tiltrotor fly safely with one engine?

I am curious about tilt-rotor feasibility (such as AW609) against fixed-wing and rotor-blade aircraft (conventional helicopters). One important issue that immediately arises in my mind is that both ...
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If an A320 loses an engine why does the landing category go to CAT3 single?

Following an A320 engine failure, why does the the landing category go to CAT3 single even if the APU has been started and is powering the AC bus that was lost by the failed engine?
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Why was there no thrust from the engines in the TACA Flight 110 incident?

I have just watched Mayday episode 11, season 11, "Nowhere to Land" about TACA Flight 110 incident. Most key issues of the incident are clearly explained in the episode: Why both engines turned ...
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Are jet engines designed in a way to make an explosion result in the least damage possible?

I know most engines are super reliable today, but do manufacturers do anything to at least make an explosion result in the least damage possible?
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Why could a Rotax 914 light aircraft lose power at 7000 feet?

I was flying an RV 4 equipped with Rotax 914 engine and variable pitch propeller. The problem was observed during flight above 7000 feet; vertical speed became 0, RPM overshoot for 2, 3 seconds to ...
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Why would engine fire cause loss of control?

I was wondering why engine fire would cause of loss of control or crash. There is loss of power and even drag. But could some expert please expand on the troubles of a engine fire?
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Does one-engine cruise consume less fuel than two-engine cruise?

Scenario 1. A two-engine airliner experiences rapid depressurization and makes an emergency descent to 10,000 ft, and diverts to the nearest airport. Scenario 2. The same two-engine airliner ...
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Why would a pilot use ailerons for countering asymmetric thrust in mid-flight?

A inexperienced 747-400 pilot used ailerons for counteracting asymmetric thrust in 1998 aboard United Airlines Flight 863 (YouTube recreation). Why would an airline pilot do such a mistake? Why would ...
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What is the source of emergency power for a 727?

I've found a couple of sources that state the 727's APU cannot be started while flying, as it draws air from the wheel well. It drew air from inside the wheel well, so it was only for use on the ...
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B777- In emergency mechanical back up how does the flight controls manage engine failure

In case of engine failure above the ocean with multiple electrical failures and after having exhausted the batteries the fly by wire mechanical backup with available hydraulics if left with the THS ...
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Does a windmilling propeller create more drag than a stopped propeller in an engine out scenario?

For this question lets assume that we are talking about a fixed pitch propeller and not a variable pitch propeller. I do understand that variable pitch props should be feathered during an engine ...
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For how long can an Embraer E195 airplane glide at malfunction?

E195 specs: Maximum Takeoff Weight 52,290 kg Max Cruise Speed M 0.82 Cruise altitude: 35000 feet Assume the weather condition is perfect (no clouds or gust winds). Also assume this airplane is fully ...
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Are there any aircraft where minimum-V1 is limited by Vmcg?

V1, unlike all the other Vspeeds, is not rigidly determined by the laws of physics, the aircraft’s specific abilities, and the conditions of the particular takeoff being attempted,1 but is, rather, ...
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Could the Olympus 593 have been windmill-restarted during supersonic flight?

The Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 (which powered the Concorde) used a complex intake-ramp system to improve the engine's efficiency and prevent an engine shutdown or failure during supersonic flight ...
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What happens if full collective pitch is suddenly commanded on most modern helicopters?

Related, but not the same: What happens when you apply full cyclic + collective? If the pilot suddenly applies full collective pitch on a turbine powered helicopter, will the engine stall? It seems ...
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Why does a pilot bank up to 5 degrees into the operating engine following failure of the other engine?

If a multi-engine aircraft suffers an engine failure while near minimum control speed (Vmc), one of the solutions is to bank up to 5 degrees into the operating engine to increase rudder effectiveness ...
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Is autorotation possible in a tandem rotored helicopter?

I just wonder, whether a synchronized autorotation is possible in case of turbine failure (one or both gas turbine engines). All Gearboxes obviously must turn not to desynchronize -> lethal
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Do commercial flights continue with an engine out?

Do commercial flights continue with an engine failure? If you look closely at the attached picture it seems that one of the engines has a much smaller contrail than the other three. This seems to ...
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Why would one want to slow to V2 following an engine failure during takeoff?

Reading about the crash of American Airlines Flight 191, the proximate cause of the final loss of control was the pilots' reduction of the aircraft's airspeed to V2, in compliance with the published ...
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Can Ospreys land without running engines?

I just have seen a video of a demonstration of an Osprey V-22. While this is an impressive aircraft I wonder whether this might land with failing engines (with the large "propellers" probably hinder ...
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Do a turboprop’s compressor and turbine rotors windmill when the engine is shut down and feathered?

If a jet engine is shut down in flight, it continues to turn due to the aircraft’s forward motion forcing air through the engine, causing it to “windmill” in the airflow. Is this also true for ...
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Why aren’t multiengine general-aviation aircraft required to be capable of sustained single-engine flight?

While perusing the See How it Flies website, I came across this alarming statement regarding multiengine general-aviation aircraft: You must not allow yourself to think that just because airliners ...
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Why is there a minimum altitude for at least some high-speed jet engine restarts?

While reading this other question about envelope constraints for jet-engine restarts, I noticed something odd in the graph provided (of the relight envelope for the Honeywell HTF7000 medium-bypass ...
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How can you calculate the vertical speed of an helicopter during auto-rotation?

How can I calculate velocity of a helicopter when it falls with autorotation when the engine fails, given all the parameters such as mass , height , wing size etc.
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Why do uncontained engine failures still occur?

One of the absolute requirements of an aircraft turbine engine (usually some sort of turbofan or turboprop) installation is that, in the event of a destructive failure of the engine, the engine ...
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Could compressor stalls be caused by air in supercritical conditions?

It is likely that in compressors of jet engines appear conditions that cause the intaken air to become supercritical, cf Is the air in a jet engine supercritical? . Is it possible that ...
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Have there been any incidents caused by an inability to shut down an engine?

I read many items on the avherald.com site where it says "engine shut down during flight" or words to similar effect. I'm wondering if there are any instances where an engine could not be shut down ...
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Why are all engines identical in typical commercial airplanes?

I come from the IT world where redundancy is in place to cover several cases, among other: a statistical failure of a device (so we use more of them expecting that the event is independent) a rogue ...
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Why does the A320 right aileron float on dual engine failure?

On this question for the A320 after dual engine failure it says: When the hydraulic power is lost, the right aileron is lost, and is in the upfloat position. Why would this affect only the right ...