Do you know this about aircraft?

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  1. Certain aircraft can fly for five hours after one of their engines fails

Known as extended range twin operations – this is the maximum duration for which a twin engine plane is able to fly safely with one of its engines inoperative. For Aircraft part suppliers, contact a site like

  1. The oxygen masks are not designed to last the entire journey

A report by the Aviation Safety Board states that the masks on a Boeing 737 provide up to twelve minutes of continuous airflow.

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  1. The tendency of pilots to doze off at work

Who is the person at the helm of your flight? It might not be anyone, at least during some parts of the flight. A study from 2017 by the British Airline Pilots Association found that 43% of 500 pilots had admitted to dozing off during flight. 31% said they woke up after a nap and discovered their copilot asleep.

  1. The black box is not black

A Flight Data Recorder (the black box) is painted in an orange-coloured paint. The paint is heat-resistant and is applied on the box exterior, to improve its visibility in the event of an incident.

Flight data recorders (FDRs) are widely acknowledged as being the most important source of data when investigating air accidents. It has seen significant improvements since its first use.

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  1. Aircraft air is much drier than air which is found at ground level

The humidity in an aircraft is much lower than that which is even found in the Mojave desert, where the levels can reach up to 50%. According to data from the World Health Organization, the average humidity inside an aeroplane is less than 20%.

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