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pan-pan

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[pahn-pahn] /ˈpɑnˈpɑn/
noun
1.
an international distress signal used by shore stations to inform a ship, aircraft, etc., of something vital to its safety or to the safety of one of its passengers.
Origin of pan-pan
reduplication and alteration of French panne ‘breakdown, failure’
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