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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What keeps an aircraft engine from flaming out at high altitude?

High altitude atmosphere has lower oxygen level. How do aircraft, especially the military ones, prevent engine flameout?
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Why did the crashed TAM Airlines Flight 3054 veer off the runway only near the end?

For the accident, why did the aircraft veer off the runway near the end of the runway, instead of the moment it touched down (where the left engine went into reverse thrust and the right engine ...
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Does one have to practice engine failures in flight training?

Are engine failures practiced normally? What exactly are the reasons? Is there a particular type of failure that is required training for all pilots worldwide?
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What are autothrust and manual thrust on an A320 (or other aircraft)?

The accident report on the A319 G-EUOE incident in May 2013 mentions "manual thrust", and implies that using it is very unusual. The autothrust system failed, requiring the use of manual thrust: ...
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What would happen if one of the engines failed during takeoff and other engine is on full power?

Assume the left engine failed and the right engine is at full power. The pilot has pulled his nose up and turned towards left. Is it possible for him to land the plane on a runway to his left? The ...
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Which cruise altitude is prefered in engine-out operations of Boeing airplanes?

On Engine Out Operation in Boeing Airplanes, which altitude is preferable, the OPT Altitude, the MAX Altitude or the RECOM Altitude of the ENG OUT CRZ Page?
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How do engine manufacturers minimize damage from bird strikes?

What are the ways that engine manufacturers currently minimize the damage caused to engines in a bird strike?
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What exactly is a compressor stall?

I hear the term "compressor stall" when talking about turbine engine difficulties. What exactly does this mean? And how does a pilot diagnose and fix it - specifically, would there be any changes in ...
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Does an A320 revert to Direct Law if both engines flame out?

In the case of a flame-out in both engines on the two-engine A320, does the aircraft revert to Direct law or does it maintain Normal Law? An example is US Airways 1549 (the landing on the Hudson).
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How can the pilot tell the center engine failed on a piston aircraft with three engines?

There are a few aircraft, such as the Britten-Norman Trislander, that use three piston engines -- one on each wing and one mounted along the centerline somewhere. This is fine and good, but how do ...
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Why is an outward spinning propeller better in theory on the North American F-82 Twin Mustang?

In this question the Wikipedia article of the F-82 Twin Mustang is quoted. In the third paragraph of the article it says: In this arrangement both propellers would turn upward as they approached ...
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Do airline pilots identify failed engines in the same way as light aircraft pilots?

Do the two old adages of light multi-engine flying, namely "Dead foot, dead engine" and "Raise the dead", still apply when flying transport-category aircraft? Or do airline pilots need to rely on ...
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What is a Vmc roll?

Many aviation discussions of the TransAsia GE235 accident include comments like "that was a Vmc roll". What is a Vmc roll and how should you avoid it and/or recover from it?
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Why is there no alert if shutting down a running engine during flight? [duplicate]

In reference to Flight 235, there is a lot of speculation going on today, and since the flight recorders' data indicate that the running engine was shut down manually, everyone is suspecting that ...
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Can an aircraft continue flying and land safely following an engine failure?

Is it possible that an aircraft could continue to fly and then land safely on a single engine if another stopped working?
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How does induction ice form in and affect jet engines?

Recently someone talked to me about the possibility of induction ice on the engine: He told me that because of conditions around fan and compressor blades (mainly because of pressure and temperature) ...
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Does a jet engine keep running when it can no longer be controlled from the cockpit?

On the Qantas Flight 32 incident, the Airbus A380's number two engine suffered from an uncontained engine rotor failure and partially damaged the controls of number one engine as well. According to ...
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What happens if an engine fails between V1 and V2?

What happens if an engine fails between V1 and V2 on a modern twin airliner? As I understand it, at V1 you have enough runway remaining to safely stop and abort the takeoff. V2 is the lowest single ...
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Why are movable rocket thrusters not used in airplanes?

If an engine fails in a passenger airplane, why can't it have movable rocket thrusters in the wings to help safely land the airplane?
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Can the Airbus A380 safely fly with two engines out on the same wing?

I know twin-engine jets can safely take off and fly with one engine out (i.e. all thrust only on one side). Of course quad-engine jets are also able to fly safely in case one engine is out. But is ...
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Have there ever been any accidents within holding stacks?

At a busy airport, up to a dozen aircraft waiting to land may fly the same holding pattern at the same time, separated vertically by 1,000ft. — a stack. Some ATC towers have dedicated Stack ...
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Is engine damage due to a fan blade failure irreparable?

I have a question related to this question and this video. The question says that sometimes a fan blade failure can occur. My question now is, if a fan blade separates or a malfunction occurs, is ...
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A320 procedures for one thrust reverser inoperative; why is the old procedure more efficient?

I recently watched the Mayday series about TAM Airline Flight 3054. Landing on a short runway with only one thrust reverser in use, and the documentary explained something like: The old Airbus ...
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If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) on a modern fighter jet fails, will the aircraft drop out of the sky?

If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) and batteries plus engines fail on a modern fighter aircraft, basically they will fall out of the sky, there is no dead stick landing - is this correct?
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Why should you not turn in the direction of an inoperative engine?

In two-engine aircraft with wing-mounted engines when one engine quits the aircraft will have a natural tendency to turn to the dead engine. So if you need to turn, it seems logical it should be ...
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Why do jet engines sometimes spit out flames after ingesting birds?

After seeing this video of a 757's engine catching fire because of a bird, I wonder: What happens to the engine? Why does it periodically exhaust fire? Is this some safety feature?
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Can fighter aircraft glide?

In case of engine failure, do the fighter jets have such a stable airframe so that they can glide their way through to the nearest landing strip (As it happened in the case of Gimli glider)?
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Would in flight engine failure of the passenger jet be reported?

A passenger plane with two or more engines would probably land without big difficulties with one engine inoperative. Would the passengers be notified, asking to take the brace position during ...
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Single engine failure in a light twin after lift-off: what to do?

In a previous question the case about if a turnback would be feasible, specifically for a single engine aircraft, has been analysed. But given a twin-engine general aviation aircraft and a single ...
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Do airline SOP normally recommend an in-flight engine restart in the case of an unexplained shutdown?

You're flying along at cruise in say a 737 or similar twin-engined yet. Suddenly, one of your engines shut down for no apparent reason. (or no abnormal indications such as low oil or similar) Do you: ...
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How does an engine failure affect the flight of an airplane?

I'm not even close to an aviation enthusiast, but after watching some videos I found I have a deep misunderstanding on how airplanes work. . I've seen many cases where one of the engines fail and ...
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Are modern aircraft provided with analog consoles in case of a software failure?

I am curious about the redundancy they provide in modern era commercial aircraft. Here are the questions: If an aircraft suffers partial or complete software malfunction, do the pilots have the ...
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Has the cause of the engine failure of Cessna's 182JT-A been determined?

Last August during a certification flight, a Cessna 182JT-A compression-ignition (diesel) engine failed in flight. I've been Googling to find the cause of the failure and the status of the ...
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Will the landing gear work mechanically in case of total power loss?

In case of a total power failure in all the aircraft systems like engine failure and APU failure, would it be possible to use mechanical means (manually) to open the landing gear bay door and deploy ...
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How can a passenger tell if a flame-out / engine failure has occurred?

Reading this page, a retired American Airlines pilot quotes: We tell passengers what they need to know. We don’t tell them things that are going to scare the pants off them. So you’ll never hear me ...
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During a takeoff emergency, is it safer to abort or continue the takeoff if either can be done within the available runway?

In a multi-engine airplane, if an engine failure occurs at the exact moment that a decision needs to be made to reject or continue the takeoff, and there is plenty of runway available to do either, ...
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Is it even remotely feasible to turnback a single engine aircraft with an engine failure?

Note before reading further that I'm asking this question purely on theoretical grounds, though you are more than welcome to talk about practical aspects as well. Now, my question. It's common ...

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