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And now? What to do if my flight makes an emergency landing

Emergency landings occur when the crew of a flight detect an inconvenience that makes it necessary to suspend the flight before reaching the final destination, a situation that is controlled in most cases but causes great concern for all passengers.

in which one of its aircraft had an engine failure after taking off from the Guadalajara airport en route to Los Angeles, United States.

The airline specified that the failure occurred in engine number two, which caused “sparks due to metal friction,” it explained in a statement.

Who is in charge of passenger safety on an airplane?

The Civil Aviation Law establishes in its article 40 that:

“Every aircraft must have a commander or pilot in command, who will be the highest authority on board and responsible for its operation and direction and for maintaining the order and safety of the aircraft, crew members, passengers, baggage, cargo and mail”.

“The commander of public service aircraft must be Mexican by birth who does not acquire another nationality and be in full enjoyment and exercise of their civil and political rights,” the document details.

What to do as a passenger in case of an emergency landing on a plane?

In addition to the fact that the first thing that is recommended both in this type of situation and in some others that represent some type of danger, the same article establishes that “Every person on board is obliged to comply with the instructions of the commander for the safety and operation of the aircraft. ”.

Passengers must read the manuals provided by each airline, that is, be aware and follow the instructions of the crew in case of emergency.

In addition to the fact that according to the Official Mexican Standard (NOM) it is established that flight operators must report:

  • When safety belts or harnesses need to be adjusted.
  • When and how to use oxygen equipment, if oxygen supply is required.
  • When should you not smoke?
  • Location and use of life jackets, or equivalent individual flotation devices, if such devices are required; Y
  • Location and method of opening emergency exits.

Passenger rights if your flight lands at another destination

Each airline will establish the way in which affected passengers will be rewarded, in this case Viva Aerobus establishes the following:

“If, due to force majeure or fortuitous event, the passenger lands in a place other than the originally contracted destination, the Passenger will have the right to be transferred by the fastest means of transport available to the original destination,” the airline details.

In addition, the Profeco establishes the following:

“If you land in a different place due to a fortuitous event or force majeure, the passenger has the right to be transferred by the fastest means of transport available to the contracted destination”, .

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