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3. If you land en route and are delayed more than
30 minutes, report this information to the nearest FSS
and give them your original destination.
4. If your ETE changes by 30 minutes or more,
report a new ETA to the nearest FSS and give them
your original destination. Remember that if you fail
to respond within one-half hour after your ETA at
final destination, a search will be started to locate you.

5. It is important that you close your flight plan
is responsible for closure of a VFR or DVFR flight
plan; they are not closed automatically. This will
prevent needless search efforts.
6. The rapidity of rescue on land or water will
depend on how accurately your position may be
determined. If a flight plan has been followed and
your position is on course, rescue will be expedited.
h. Survival Equipment.

1. For flight over uninhabited land areas, it is
wise to take and know how to use survival equipment
for the type of climate and terrain.
2. If a forced landing occurs at sea, chances for
survival are governed by the degree of crew
proficiency in emergency procedures and by the
availability and effectiveness of water survival

i. Body Signal Illustrations.

1. If you are forced down and are able to attract
the attention of the pilot of a rescue airplane, the body

signals illustrated on these pages can be used to
transmit messages to the pilot circling over your
2. Stand in the open when you make the signals.

3. Be sure the background, as seen from the air,
is not confusing.

4. Go through the motions slowly and repeat
each signal until you are positive that the pilot
understands you.

j. Observance of Downed Aircraft.
1. Determine if crash is marked with a yellow
cross; if so, the crash has already been reported and

2. If possible, determine type and number of
aircraft and whether there is evidence of survivors.
3. Fix the position of the crash as accurately as
possible with reference to a navigational aid. If
possible, provide geographic or physical description
of the area to aid ground search parties.

4. Transmit the information to the nearest FAA
or other appropriate radio facility.
5. If circumstances permit, orbit the scene to
guide in other assisting units until their arrival or until
you are relieved by another aircraft.

6. Immediately after landing, make a complete

report to the nearest FAA facility, or Air Force or
Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center. The report
can be made by a long distance collect telephone call.

6-2-6 Emergency Services Available to Pilots

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AIM: Official Guide to Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures

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