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Did we get closer to another plane than we were supposed to, or was the pilot just protecting our delicate sensibilities?

From the flightradar24 playback, it appears to have been an encounter with Etihad Airways 171. Your flight (Alaska) was at FL360, while the opposing was at FL370. Therefore, there was 1000 feet of ...
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Why didn't Philippine Airlines Flight 113 dump fuel prior to forced landing?

If you had an engine fire, even though it may be "out", you want your airplane on the ground as soon as you possibly can. You don't know what structural damage is lurking as a result of the fire. ...
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Why didn't Philippine Airlines Flight 113 dump fuel prior to forced landing?

On twin-engined aircraft the standard procedure for engine failure is to land as soon as possible. Since it is possible to land overweight—and aircraft are designed so that it is—delay to dump fuel is ...
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Did we get closer to another plane than we were supposed to, or was the pilot just protecting our delicate sensibilities?

It's unlikely. Because of RVSM, Reduced Vertical Separation Minima rules, the vertical distance between airplanes passing each other is only 1000 ft. If you were in the flight deck so you could see ...
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Are there any real life instances of aircraft aborting a takeoff or landing to avoid a vehicle?

Not only is it possible but it happens. This is formally called a "runway incursion" and it does happen like 2005 Logan Airport runway incursion or the B733 / vehicle, Amsterdam Netherlands, 2010. ...
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Why was a flight delayed because of a bird in the cockpit?

Having a small bird in a cockpit, or anywhere on board, would not be a problem during a normal flight because a normal flight should have a wide safety margin. However, a situation can change ...
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What possible causes can there be for a crash in good weather conditions?

A few things come to mind: Partial or full pilot incapacitation. Anything from a heart attack, or stroke, through to hypoxia could make a pilot lose control and crash. Illness does not care whether ...
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Case Study: Did I need to declare an emergency?

Before we delve into this one. Let's be clear that it is much easier for us to sit at a computer with books in hand and review decisions made under urgent circumstances. Technically, the airport ...
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Why was a flight delayed because of a bird in the cockpit?

If it's a small bird bedded down quietly under the jumpseat, I don't think I'd worry about it too much. Presuming that you found out about it while up at altitude, the question is, are you safer ...
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D.B Cooper incident - What caused the tail to move after a jump?

The "sudden upward tail movement" requires nothing more than a sudden unloading of the tail by removing that 90+ kg of man, parachute, and money. Even with an aircraft as large as a 727, suddenly ...
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Qatar Airways QR161, Jan 10th 2023 - can I expect an official and public report?

In general, all ICAO member states must investigate accidents and are recommended to investigate serious incidents according to ICAO Annex 13: 5.1 The State of Occurrence shall institute an ...
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Are there any real life instances of aircraft aborting a takeoff or landing to avoid a vehicle?

In 1978 a B737 aborted a landing due to a snow plow on the runway. The aircraft crashed during the go around because one thrust reverser did not stow properly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of landing gear?

The answer to your question is, in fact, "yes" - but the circumstances involved demonstrate just how difficult it is to make an aircraft's landing gear deploy without being commanded to do so. In ...
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Case Study: Did I need to declare an emergency?

In this case you guys were correct. Technically speaking traffic patterns at un-towered fields are not like ATC vectors from a tower. You are free to enter the pattern as you like (provided its in a ...
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What possible causes can there be for a crash in good weather conditions?

For now, let it be a cautionary tale about trying to fly too close to the sun by buying a complex aircraft with only 100 hrs of flying time. Only the military can get away with that sort of stuff ...
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Is there a Cockpit Video Recorder?

They're presently not in use. The accident investigators don't generally clamor for them, since there are very few questions that they can't answer with FDR and CVR readouts, where a CIR would ...
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Did we get closer to another plane than we were supposed to, or was the pilot just protecting our delicate sensibilities?

The Etihad flight was a 777, which is a much larger aircraft, but of almost the same proportions as the 737. Also living near an airport, I am well familiar with how difficult it is to gauge altitude....
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Can you identify this Chicago(?) aircraft incident involving loss of control?

After almost 5 years of searching for the answer, I think you could be refering to American Eagle 230 at Chicago O'Hare, which happend on december 27, 2000. The aircraft was an Embraer 135. I could ...
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What are possible explanations for fuel being expelled in this video?

I can think of 4 possible causes, 3 of which can probably be discounted. Tank venting. The fuel system is designed to deliberately "leak" if the tanks are overfilled or, the fuel expands due to ...
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Why would a pilot use ailerons for countering asymmetric thrust in mid-flight?

This AOPA article "PROFICIENT PILOT LAZY-RUDDER SYNDROME" written about this incident, presents an interesting point of view on the matter, that basically good design and complacency leads to little ...
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What possible causes can there be for a crash in good weather conditions?

In my opinion the most probable root cause for any of this type of crashes would be insufficient experience. This can be broken down to four subcategories: Low overall hours. In this case the pilot ...
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Which incidents did not result in accidents because of the actions of the second pilot on board?

During the 2005 Logan Airport runway incursion, the First Officer noticed the other plane and realized that they could collide. Telling the Captain to "keep it down", he pushed the control column ...
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Incidents where airline pilots recovered effectively from errors

There's an entire database of crew reported incidents called the Aviation Safety Reporting System. It is a confidential, voluntary, and non-punitive system. ASRS captures confidential reports, ...
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What caused the loss of "everything" on Swiftair Flight QY-2939?

Without an accident report to go on, we can't know what caused the situation they had. In fact, from the two links that were posted, we don't REALLY know exactly what they had. There is the ...
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Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of landing gear?

Only thing I can find is on the X-15 rocket plane. Expansion of the airframe caused the nose gear to come unhooked and deploy at Mach 4.2. The air friction overheated the tires, damaging them and ...
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Is there a website with a list of all commercial airline incidents?

Each jurisdiction or organization will have its own reporting system, not all will provide that information to the public. News, social media, and websites provide information but more research is ...
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Why did the speed of this plane drop so much?

At that point, altitude shows about 11 km, or FL330. Up there, 380 km/h, or 205 knots true corresponds to something like 124 knots indicated, well below clean stall speed. This is ground speed though,...
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How did this incident report detailing a flight taking off and landing at Glasgow result in safety changes at a distant airport?

The precise truth cannot be known without consulting the authors of the report. However, assuming it was not a typo, there are several contributing factors that may lead to this result. Primarily, ...
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