There was no distress call from the pilots, and no previous hint of a technical problem.
Accident investigators are baffled by the absence of any “Mayday” distress call from the pilots of the Airbus A330.
No distress call was made, and weather was apparently not problematic in the area.
However…the failure to send a distress call still undermines the neatness of this picture.
The best thing to do is watch for distress signals and, if they do pop up, address them with a professional.
At my cry of distress Sam suddenly looked up and jerked the mule's head so that he, too, stopped and regarded me.
That was what she meant: but there were many other ways of distress happening.
Vetch heard through the fog guns firing signals of distress; but three days passed before he knew how serious the disaster was.
Now, my dear, let us get to the bottom of all this distress.
It is one of those practical dilemmas which delight casuists and distress honest and earnest servants of God.
late 13c., "circumstance that causes anxiety or hardship," from Old French destresse, from Vulgar Latin *districtia "restraint, affliction, narrowness, distress," from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere "draw apart, hinder," also, in Medieval Latin "compel, coerce," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stringere "draw tight, press together" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "anguish, suffering; grief" is from c.1300.
distress dis·tress (dĭ-strěs')
Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
Severe strain resulting from exhaustion or trauma.