Direct communications between pilots and rescue personnel must be clear and clearly understood to ensure the safety of all on board.
While climbing through FL 250 on the night of June 19, 1996, the crew of a Boeing 767, westbound from Salt Lake City to Portland, Ore., got several cockpit warnings that something was wrong with the right engine. Just then a flight attendant reported that an aft passenger had seen sparks shooting from the big turbofan. The first officer went to see for himself. Upon returning to the flight deck, the F/O confirmed the bad news. The crew declared an emergency and initiated a return to SLC, ...
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