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Flag Combinations

The purpose of the International Code of Signals is to provide ways and means of communication in situations related essen- tially to safety of navigation and persons, especially when language difficulties arise. In the preparation of the Code, account was taken of the fact that wide application of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy can provide simple and effective means of communication in plain language whenever language difficulties do not exist.

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Flag Code Code Section Sub-Section Meaning
BH BH 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at high altitude.
BH BH 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at low altitude.
BI BI DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am flying to likely position of vessel in distress.
BI BI 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am flying at low altitude near the vessel.
BJ BJ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am circling over the area of accident.
BJ BJ 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER An aircraft is circling over the area of accident.
BK BK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER You are overhead.
BK BK 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Am I overhead?
BL BL DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am having engine trouble but am continuing flight.
BM BM DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER You should parachute object to windward. Mark it by smoke or light signal.
BM BM 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am going to parachute object to windward, marking it by smoke or light signal.
BM BM 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am going to parachute equipment.
BM BM 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Inflatable raft will be dropped to windward by parachute.
BO BO DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER We are going to jump by parachute.
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is coming to participate in search. Expected to arrive over the area of accident at time indicated.
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The search area of the aircraft is between lat... and... , and long... an
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Search by aircraft/helicopter will be discontinued because of unfavorable conditions ......
BQ BQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The speed of my aircraft in relation to the surface of the earth is... (knots or kilometers per hour).
BQ BQ 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER What is the speed of your aircraft in relation to the surface of the earth?
BR BR DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently.

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