Emergency Descent: Guidance for Controllers - SKYbrary Aviation Safety. There is no set of ready, out-of-the-box rules to be followed universally.
As with any unusual or emergency situation, controllers should exercise their best judgment and expertise when dealing with emergency descent situations. A generic checklist for handling unusual situations is readily available from EUROCONTROL but it is not intended to be exhaustive and is best used in conjunction with local ATC procedures. Description This article provides guidance for controllers on what to expect and how to act when dealing with an emergency descent which takes place in controlled airspace. There are some considerations which will not only enable the controller to provide as much support as possible to the aircraft involved, but to also maintain the safety of other aircraft in the vicinity and of the ATC service provision in general.
Useful to Know There are various reasons why the flight crew might initiate an emergency descent. An emergency descent could be initiated without prior warning. Mount Erebus disaster: The plane crash that changed New Zealand. Image copyright Getty Images It remains New Zealand's worst peacetime disaster.
On 28 November 1979, a sightseeing aircraft carrying 257 people crashed head-on into the side of a volcano in Antarctica. The tragedy of flight TE901 was a shock for New Zealand, affecting almost everyone in the country in some way, and led to years of investigations and a bitter blame game. And the legacy of the Mt Erebus disaster is still felt 40 years on. How did the plane crash? Air New Zealand had started operating scenic flights over Antarctica only two years before, and they had been a great success. What better way to spend a day than to cruise on an 11-hour non-stop round trip from Auckland down the length of the country and on to the great southern continent? But on that day in 1979, things would go very wrong. Accidents anecdotes. In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes.
The teacher provides a model and students are given time to prepare their own anecdotes before doing a mingle. It provides a lot of fluency practice and can be used with any level from pre-intermediate upwards. PreparationThink an of anecdote involving an accident or an unfortunate mishap. Try to think of something that isn't too serious and is perhaps a little humorous. ProcedureStudents need a pen and paper in front of them.
Give the students 3 minutes and ask them to draw their favourite moment of the story. Written by Jo Adkin and Jeff Fowler, British Council, Naples In this speaking activity students exchange authentic personal anecdotes. Russia bird strike: How cool heads glided jet down to safety. Media playback is unsupported on your device The Russian pilots who crash-landed a fuel-laden Airbus jet in a corn field, without any serious harm to the 233 people on board, are being hailed as heroes.
The A321 was moments into its flight, after taking off from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport, when a flock of gulls got sucked into its engines, causing both to fail. Russians are comparing the drama to "Miracle on the Hudson" - the bird strike that almost doomed an Airbus over New York in 2009, but ended happily when the pilot landed the jet safely in the Hudson River.
What happened to the Russian A321? It was a regular flight from Moscow to Simferopol, in Crimea, with 226 passengers on board, mostly going on holiday to the seaside. The Ural Airlines plane weighed as much as 77 tonnes and pilot Damir Yusupov told reporters how narrowly the passengers and seven crew had escaped disaster. Image copyright Getty Images "I changed my mind several times, because I was planning to gain height," he said. British Airways flight evacuated after smoke filled cabin. Media playback is unsupported on your device A British Airways flight has been evacuated after smoke filled the cabin shortly before landing.
The airline confirmed an "incident" on flight BA422 which departed London Heathrow at 15:10 BST on Monday and has now landed in Valencia. Passenger Rachel Jupp, who was with her children, told BBC News smoke filled the cabin "very quickly" about 10 minutes before its scheduled landing. BA has apologised to passengers on board the aircraft, an Airbus A321. It added that its staff were assisting customers in the airport terminal. Ms Jupp, the editor of BBC Panorama, said there was no official announcement about what was happening as white smoke appeared to come through the air conditioning system into the cabin. "Very quickly, you couldn't see the passengers two seats down from you," she said. What went wrong inside Boeing's cockpit? At least 19 killed in South Sudan plane crash - Times Of Oman. Bees in South African plane's engine delay flights. Image copyright Mango Airlines A swarm of bees flew into the engine of a Mango Airlines plane, forcing a delay in flights at the main airport in South Africa's coastal city of Durban.
Bee experts were called in and they safely removed the estimated 20,000 bees from the engine, the low-budget airline said. The incident was extremely unusual, and the bees were probably resting before planning to fly on, one expert said. It was unlikely they intended to make a "smelly" engine their home, he added. The bees populated the engine in less than 25 minutes, and delayed three passenger flights at King Shaka International Airport, Mango Airlines spokesman Sergio dos Santos said. "I have certainly never seen anything like this in my eight years in the aviation industry," he told South Africa's News24 website.
Southwest Airlines jet engine 'explosion' leaves woman dead. Media playback is unsupported on your device A woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged. Seven passengers were injured. Initial findings say an engine fan blade was missing.