40 Things About Air Travel That Only Flight Attendants Know

29. Can a Plane Fly Without an Engine?

You betcha! Although you probably wouldn’t know if it happened… Even though it is extremely rare for a plane to experience engine failure, present-day passenger jets are equipped to fly safely even if one engine isn’t working.


Even if both engines fail, a plane can glide approximately 1.5 nautical miles for every 1,000 feet of altitude (typical commercial jets cruises at about 30,000 feet). Rest assured, pilots are trained on how to make planes glide as far as possible, although you’d probably never know if it was happening.

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