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NTSB overdue aircraft

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While reviewing the NTSB 830, I came across the word "overdue aircraft"

What does it mean and how does it apply to search amd rescue of VFR, IFR, and aircraft without flightplan ?



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    Mark Kolber on Mar 24, 2016

    Webster’s Dictionary entry for “overdue”: “not appearing or presented by a stated, expected, or required time.” Yep. It’s just plain old English.

    One doesn’t need a flight plan on file to initiate S&R operations. ATC is required to report flight following aircraft that suddenly disappear.

    Or, you are flying to visit your Uncle Joe. You don’t show when he expects you and he calls the police because he is concerned, you are “overdue.”

    Take a look at AIM 6-2-6.f. which starts off with “ARTCCs and FSSs will alert the SAR system when information is received from any source that an aircraft is in difficulty, overdue, or missing.” (my emphasis)

    Note the phrase “any source.” That includes your Uncle Joe.

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