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Old 6th Jun 2006, 07:51
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Capt Pit Bull
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: England
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What has having a calm manner got to do with the decision to say PAN or MAYDAY? Declaring MAYDAY <> Panic.


<rolls eyes> Maybe you should think about it a lot, instead of just a bit. Most engine failures scenarios involve an change in flight path - emergency turns off SIDs, drift down, changes of speed or rate of climb, immediate need to land because of fire or other complications. Now, maybe thats ok in Hicksville USA, but in a busy terminal environment you'd have to be barking mad not to get an emergency call in somewhere pretty promptly. Maybe not before pulling a fire handle, but soon after. Certainly the rooting around in the checklist is far less critical than avoiding becoming aluminium confetti.

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