Leadership

How to approach, set up, and stand by for Aircraft Emergency Landings

Issue 3 and Volume 118.

How to approach, set up, and stand by for Aircraft Emergency Landings POSITIONING of crash fire and rescue equipment on runway stand-by must correspond as nearly as possible to the type of landing that is to be anticipated. The equipment must be strategically placed with the aim that one of the responding apparatus will be able to position itself on the aircraft within approximately 60 seconds from the time it stops. Plane size, landing speed and the anticipated amount of runway that will be used, are three of the major factors to be considered. Other major factors which influence runway positioning are: the type of emergency, or combination of emergencies the aircraft is experiencing, such as inoperable landing flaps, loss of controls, landing gear malfunctions, structural damage, etc. As an example, on a flaps-up landing, the aircraft will touch down at a much higher rate of speed than normal, therefore,…

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