Mechanical problem

English: Mechanical problem

French: Problème mécanique

Mechanical issues can cause delays and cancellations. When they do happen, you’ll need to inform your passengers. Many different issues can be considered as mechanical issues. Often, the pilots are notified of issues by indicator lights in the flight deck. There may be an indication of an issue with the engines, with the aircraft’s de-icing system, with the plane’s computer system, communication system, among many other things.

Also, the aircraft needs adequate emergency equipment before it’s allowed to depart. If things like the aircraft fire extinguishers, oxygen bottles, flashlights, first aid kits, etc. need replacement, maintenance personnel will also need to come to replenish them before departure.

Other examples of mechanical issues include broken passenger table trays, broken seat recline buttons, broken overhead bins, burnt-out lights, faulty galley equipment, etc.

Serious issues will need to be fixed before departure. Less serious ones can be deferred by maintenance to be fixed later so as to not delay the current departing flight.

For now, we can learn the most general term and refer to them all as a “mechanical problem.”

Problème (m)=Problem


Problème mécanique=Mechanical problem.


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