Real Pilot Story of Engine Failure in IMC
16 Dec 11 4 Comments
This video about an actual engine failure in IMC is incredibly well done. IMC is instrument meteorological conditions – that is to say the pilot was unable to navigate visually at the time. In this case, he’s in cloud. It’s under ten minutes and fascinating.
The pilot steps through the situation as he experienced it, with honest appraisals of the decisions he made and why. It’s just under ten minutes and should be recommended viewing for all pilots.
Most importantly, it has a happy ending: both the pilot and plane came out of an engine failure unscathed. That’s what really makes me like it.
One thing I find odd is that he declared an emergency but never called Mayday. Has this fallen out of fashion in the U.S. ?
Category: Accidents and Incidents,
I’m a student pilot in the US. I was taught that you can start your transmission with “Mayday Mayday Mayday” to get controllers’ attention if you’re not in radio contact, but the magic word is “emergency”. If you just use the words “emergency” or “urgent”, that’s all that’s needed to convey that you need help.
Oh I see! That makes sense, thank you.
A great lesson to be learnt here. Good post.
Good outline. I really like to see clearly IMDB