While I think "Lost" is just dramatic non factual pretty TV
, unfortunately it does seem to ignore systems on aircraft that would be utilised if a crash occurred and there were survivors on a remote part of the world. What I would like to know is:
1) What is located on aircraft to assist in finding them if they go down somewhere? I assume there are auto locate beacons/transmitters but how do they know that they have "crashed" and need to transmit?
2) Do pilots and crew receive any training for managing a situation like this? Having read some SAS/SEAL survival training manuals they specifically refer to aircraft crashes and techniques for using everything on the aircraft for survival, especially hostile cold/hot environments. I just wonder whether there is any training for stuff like this or whether airlines just say "statistically it won't happen so not worth investing in training like that"
African Civil Aviation Commission president "You don't want to fly out as a passenger and come back as cargo."