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What factors lead a plane to crash and not glide?
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:03
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Hi Captain Lim,

The information on your website has increased and enhanced my knowledge on aviation significantly.

I got a question I hope you could help solve my doubts.

What are the factors that lead a plane to crash and not glide?

I am a bit confused on 'why plane crash' accidents occur because I thought most planes can glide safely even if the engines are all down?

Thank you.

Jin Meng
 
The Art of Flying
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Sunday, 12 February 2017 15:12
What does it really take to fly a plane? Is it a gift only bestowed upon a chosen few or is it a skill that can be achieved by anyone?


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Since time immemorial, humans have been intrigued with flying, and nothing idealises this better than the famous Greek myth about Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. Icarus and his father were imprisoned on the island of Crete by the Minotaur, a creature half-man half-bull. In order to escape, Icarus’ father, a skilled craftsman, created a set of wings made of feathers and wax for each of them. He warned his son of the danger of flying too high as the sun’s scorching rays would melt the wax. However, once they took flight, the young man’s desire to fly high in the sky overcame all reason, and as he rose higher and higher, Icarus’ wings melted and he fell to his doom below. The place where he fell in the Mediterranean Sea came to be known as the Icarian Sea.
 
On Top of the World
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Friday, 02 December 2016 06:34
Flying to high altitude airports offers an opportunity to take in stunning sights but the experience also requires some special training for flight crew operating to these lofty airports.

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AirAsia X is currently training aircrew for charter flights (commencing in December) to Xining Airport, an airfield in China situated at 7,165ft (2,184m) above sea level. The highest altitude airport that the airline presently flies to is located in Kathmandu in Nepal, and it’s only 4,390ft (1,338m) above sea level!
 
 
Cockpit Challenges
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 01:22
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I was recently asked to identify the most difficult aspects of handling a plane. I think a more interesting question would be which of the three main manoeuvres – taxiing, takeoff or landing – is the most challenging.
  
The truth is that there is no definitive answer; different pilots find each of these three phases of flight challenging in different ways, and this is largely influenced by the pilot’s personal flying experience, the type of aircraft he or she is flying, as well as environmental conditions. In fact, an airline, general aviation or helicopter pilot would justifiably have different views.

From my perspective as an airline pilot, the answer is most certainly the landing aspect of the flight. Let me elaborate on the three phases – taxiing, takeoff and landing – and the unique challenges each poses.
 
On Relax Mode
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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:33

Learn to manage travel anxiety for an enjoyable flight with these tips from Captain Lim Khoy Hing.

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Without a doubt, sound knowledge and understanding of the principles of flying go a long way in helping one relax enough to enjoy a flight; this is something I have frequently reiterated in my earlier articles. However, despite being well informed on the safety of air travel, anxiety continues to plague nervous travellers, sometimes, even hindering their travel dreams.

Psychologists have attributed aerophobia to three main triggers: the anxiety caused by the unknown, and a lack of faith in the machine and crew. Conversely, statistics clearly prove that when compared to other modes of transportation, flying is still one of the safest forms of travel.

 
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