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"PAN PAN, PAN PAN, PAN PAN, Lille, F-GTPO, losing engine power, requesting immediate landing runway 20, right hand base for runway 20".

What type of message is the above?

  • A

    Flight regularity

  • B

    Flight safety

  • C

    Distress

  • D
    Urgency

The radiotelephony distress signal MAYDAY and the radiotelephony urgency signal PAN PAN shall be used at the commencement of the first distress and urgency communication respectively.


ICAO Annex 10, Volume II

5.3.3 Radiotelephony urgency communications
5.3.3.1 Action by the aircraft reporting 5.2.3.2 an urgency condition except 5.2.3.2 as indicated in 5.3.3.4

5.3.3.1.1 In addition to being preceded by the radiotelephony urgency signal PAN PAN (see 5.3.1.2), preferably spoken three times and each word of the group pronounced as the French word “panne”, the urgency message to be sent by an aircraft reporting an urgency condition shall:

a) be on the air-ground frequency in use at the time;
b) consist of as many as required of the following elements spoken distinctly and, if possible, in the following order:

1) the name of the station addressed;
2) the identification of the aircraft;
3) the nature of the urgency condition;
4) the intention of the person in command;
5) present position, level (i.e. flight level, altitude, etc., as appropriate) and heading;
6) any other useful information.

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