Definitions

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  • interj. minor emergency requiring some assistance, not life-threatening
  • n. a minor emergency requiring some assistance or priority in handling, but not endangering the safety of the vessel or those aboard.

Etymologies

From French panne ("breakdown"). (Wiktionary)
French panne, "breakdown". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sailors and pilots also use "pan-pan," from the word panne (breakdown), to indicate an imminent threat.

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  • Once, she'd declared a "pan-pan" — indicating an urgency situation — when an unfortunate flock of pelicans decided to commit suicide in her number two engine and clog up her pitot tube to boot.

    The Coffin Dancer

  • If you have to eat at caesars get a pan-pan, or any of the square pizzas, at least then the crust is really good.

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  • About halfway through an air show flight display, Stock issued the "pan-pan" emergency call, indicating an urgent problem that falls short of posing an immediate danger to the aircraft, the report says.

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  • In the court of frivolity all was fashion—the day’s way of speaking, the day’s repartee or song, the day’s games of pan-pan.

    THE DIAMOND

  • A great description of the social landscape at that time is in John Dower’s superb Embracing Defeat, especially the first section where he takes you right to the streets of postwar Tokyo so that you can smell the cheap kasutori liquor and see the pan-pan girls hanging onto U.S. servicemen.

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  • Once, she’d declared a “pan-pan”—indicating an urgency situation—when an unfortunate flock of pelicans decided to commit suicide in her number two engine and clog up her pitot tube to boot.

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