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Declared emergencies are among the occurrences that must be reported to us. In 2017, there were nearly 2,000 declared emergencies, representing 6% of the occurrences reported to us. Statistically, this corresponds to six emergencies per day involving UK aviation. Of these emergencies, nearly 66% are due to passenger medical issues.
There are two classes of emergency messages that identify different events and levels of severity:
According to the data available, in 2017, these were some of the most frequently reported emergencies:
Flight and cabin crews are continuously trained to ensure efficient handling of emergencies. In the case of emergency, it is important to stay calm and follow the instructions of the crew.
In some cases, normal operations can be mistakenly perceived as emergency procedures: a go-around manoeuvre is often a good example. A go-around is the manoeuvre initiated when the crew makes the decision not to continue an approach, or not to continue a landing.
In commercial aviation, initiating and conducting a go-around manoeuvre is frequently a standard procedure for normal operations. Although a go-around may be triggered by an emergency, it is more likely that conducting such procedure is the safest option available. If a safe landing cannot be assured, it is a normal procedure to initiate a go-around and flight crews are recurrently trained do it safely.
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