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pan-pan

[ pahn-pahn ]
/ ˈpɑnˈpɑn /
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noun
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.
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Sometimes pan [pahn] /pɑn/ .

Origin of pan-pan

Reduplication and alteration of French panne “breakdown, failure”
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