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Why Is 'Mayday' the International Distress Call?

If your pilot calls "Mayday!" on the communications system, you know you're in big trouble. But where did this call come from and why not use the standard "SOS"?

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    Mayday Meaning: Exploring the International Distress Call

    Mayday Meaning: Exploring the International Distress Call

    In May 2020, the pilot of Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK 8303 reported technical problems and uttered the dreaded "mayday" alert. "We have …

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