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The degrees of emergency that warrant:

a distress call (MAYDAY); 

A condition of being threatened by serious and/or imminent danger and of requiring immediate assistance. 

  • Engine failure,
  • Engine fire 


an urgency call (PAN PAN).

A condition concerning the safety of an aircraft or other vehicle, or of some person on board or within sight, but which does not require immediate assistance. 

  • gear failure,
  • rough running engine,
  • passenger heart attack.


The general structure of a MAYDAY call (time and circumstances permitting) is:

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