Every pilot hopes that they will never have to declare “Pan, Pan” on their radio and pray that they will never have to proclaim “May Day!” The difference, of course, is that “Pan, Pan” alludes to the fact that there is an urgency on board, while “May Day” denotes that the problem is actually an emergency.”
“When you hear a ‘May Day,’” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, “you can pretty much figure that the pilot has encountered one of three situations.”
Those three situations are:
- Hydraulic Leak
- Engine Failure
- Fire in the craft
“You hear of Emergency Landings every once in a while,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING, offered, “and, hopefully, they all have a happy ending.”
One example of this would be the Emergency Landing of a Cessna 185F in June of 2014 near Winnett, Montana. The result of loss of engine power, most of the damage was the result of the plane hitting a transmission wire which was not detected due to the scarcity of daylight.
In March of this year, a single-engine Cherokee made an Emergency Landing in Van Nuys, California when it fell victim to two of the big three: Engine Failure and smoke in the cockpit. Again, no one was injured.