Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 4 weeks ago

If a flight engineer died or incapacitated, could the co pilot take over and land the plane safely?

12 Answers

  • 7 days ago

    NO... they got to go back in 2nd class and find someone who can land a plane in a video game and he or she will land it.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago


    I would really certainly hope so & if nôt thėn

    pėrhap's 1 of his crew member's ôn-bôård

    wôuld be able to truly properly assiśt in dôing 

    sô, yo !.!


  • F
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    No it’s just like the movies. The air stewardess ( sorry a female cabin crew member) , runs down the aisle, shouting “ can anyone fly a plane?”

    In the film some veteran military guy with a tragic back story steps up but in reality these days half a dozen spotty teenagers who have spent far too long on flight simulator games and far too little with girls ,would volunteer. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Flight engineer??

    The pilot and copilot can fly and land the aircraft. 

    The flight engineer, if there is one, can't fly the plane.  He sits behind the pilot and copilot and monitors his gauges.

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    In an emergency on a commercial aircraft and the pilot is unable to fly the plane, the co-pilot will take over control of a plane and fly the plane and land it safely. A  co-pilot on a commercial aircraft is a licensed pilot.

    A flight engineer doesn't fly the plane and he doesn't land it - that's not his job; but he could do so in an emergency - assuming there was even a Flight Engineer on the plane. Modern day commercial aircraft don't use Flight Engineers.

  • 4 weeks ago

    About 70 years ago some large aircraft had engine controls at the flight engineer station.  True for the "Spruce Goose", the B-36, and a few commercial craft.  Since then, the engine controls have moved to the center console between the pilot.  A lot of the large jet airliners at first had a flight engineer for engine monitoring and fuel management.  One of the most recent was the Concorde.  Over the years, more modern multi-engine planes have not had flight engineers.  Some military ones like C-130J and similar still have them.

    To answer your question, yes, a pilot could work most any function normally done by the flight engineer in an emergency.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I think you have your terminology mixed up. Flight engineers haven't been used on commercial flights for well over 30 years.

    In the early days of aviation commercial airplanes had a 3 person flight crew:

    1. The Captain - Aka pilot - was primarily responsible for operating the controls of the aircraft

    2. The First Officer - aka copilot - was responsible for assisting the Captain with the controls. They could take full control if necessary, but their primary responsibility was to help the Captain. For example the Captain might verbally tell the First Officer to adjust a flap setting and the First Officer would actually physically move the control lever.

    3. The Flight Engineer - aka the navigator - they generally did not operate the actual controls. They sat at a station behind the Captain and First officer. They would monitor a variety of gauges and radars, wind speed indicators, etc. and compute navigation information. For example they would take into account the speed and direction of a crosswind and calculate what compass heading to use so the aircraft would not be blown off course. The flight engineer also had responsibility for controlling various aircraft systems such as pressurization & HVAC systems, auxiliary power units, etc.

    Flight engineers were phased out of use in the 1980's when computer technology and early GPS systems advanced to the point that they could perform the necessary calculations without human input or oversight (or with such minimal input that the Captain and First officer could handle it).

    All 3 crew members were highly trained in navigation and operation of the aircraft type, and in an emergency such as one crew member having a heart attack, any 2 of them could have taken over the missing person's duties and safely landed the aircraft at the nearest available airport.

    Here's more info about the flight engineer:

  • 4 weeks ago

    Your very much out of date. No flight engineer on modern aircraft.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    There are no FEs on airplanes anymore.

  • 4 weeks ago

    No, I'm afraid not. They are trained to mix drinks and sing opera, though.

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