ATC Recordings

The following recordings are actual ATC recordings and are used as part of our ICAO Aviation English courseware.  Each recording has been selected by our instructors because it obtains a specific element or form of communication that students need to be aware of.

  • Mesa CRJ7 near Nashville, fuel leak followed by engine fire warning (26 Jan 2017)

    A Mesa Airlines Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United, registration N515MJ performing flight YV-6176/UA-6176 from Washington Dulles,DC to Nashville,TN (USA) with 65 people on board, was descending through about 15,000 feet towards Nashville when the crew observed a rapid loss of fuel and declared emergency. About 3 minutes later the right hand engine’s (CF34) fire ...
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  • KTKI Controller assisting a dangerous pilot. Making matters worse?

    This controller tries to help a dangerous pilot and succeeds at making a bad situation worse by omitting critical graphical details. This exchange is an example of why pilots must ALWAYS comply with FAR 91.103 Preflight action and why ATC must NEVER attempt to interpret published procedures on behalf of any pilot. Additionally, at one point in ...
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  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk Icing Emergency (7th December 2015)

    A new IFR pilot experienced icing conditions in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk 10 miles out from Burlington International Airport (KBTV). Light rime had been reported to ATC by regional jet aircraft between 4000 and 6000 feet MSL. A second Skyhawk would declare another emergency after experiencing severe engine roughness. ATC approach controller would declare emergencies ...
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  • Scandinavian Flight 2534 Strays into a Restricted Area

    This is not very common in Australian airspace, but more so in the heavily congested or “politically sensitive” areas of Europe, North America and in certain parts of Asia. Scandinavian Flight 2534 accidently flew into restricted airspace and was cautioned by the ATCO at the time. Have a listen to this recording and hear how the communications ...
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  • Hawaii Airlines makes emergency landing due to smoke in cockpit. (12 Jan 2016)

    A fire on board an aircraft while it is flying is one of the worst, ir not the worst, situation to be in. Although there is no fire directly related to this incident, the sight and smell of smoke in the cockpit area is just as bad and urgent attention is needed to alleviate any ...
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  • GoJet damaged while parked at C4, Chicago O’Hare (January 2016)

    GoJet GJS3693 was parked at C4 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (KORD)and received substantial damage by a ground vehicle. The incident was not immediately reported to the ATC and therefore they they had to seek confirmation about what happened. Have a listen to this recording and note the ATC professional seeking confirmation and clarification of the incident. ...
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  • Nippon Cargo Boeing 747-8 strikes a flock of large birds at Chicago (Jan 21 2017)

    A Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-800, registration JA11KZ performing freight flight KZ-192 from Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA) to Frankfurt Hahn (Germany), was in the initial climb out of O’Hare’s runway 28R when the crew reported they flew through a flock of large birds. The report listed about 20-25 birds, at about 1500 feet AGL and 4 or ...
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  • American Airbus A-321 suffers lightning strike during go-around (Jan 22 2017)

    An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N106NN performing flight AA-179 from New York JFK,NY to San Francisco,CA (USA), was on final approach to San Francisco’s runway 28L at about 14:37L when the crew received a windshear alert and initiated a go-around. The crew climbed to 5000 feet and positioned for another approach to runway 28L. The ...
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  • Unauthorised broadcast on handheld to Toronto Tower

    It does happen sometimes, a person using a handheld radio broadcasts on a reserved and dedicated aviation channel. The particular person in this recording just happen to do it while sitting in his bathtub! Have you ever encountered unauthorised broadcasts while on professional duties? If so, what did you do and how did you react? What ...
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  • Delta 661 moments from potential trouble

    Delta flight 661, a Boeing 757-200 from Atlanta (KATL) to Cyril E King Airport (CHARLOTTE AMALIE, VI) (TIST) was nearing takeoff when they radioed the tower and let them know they had a maintenance issue which they needed to work, and requested to taxi clear of the sequenced aircraft. The taxi instructions they were then ...
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