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Mayday at Mt McKinley

Mayday at Mount McKinley

Imagine flying the gorgeous Alaska Mountain Range, sharing spectacular views of Denali Park with your passengers. Then, just as the stunning panorama of Mount McKinley spreads out before your eyes, something goes terribly wrong with the airplane—the aircraft becomes uncontrollable at 11,000 feet. Learn how the pilot managed the almost impossible task of flying his aircraft and watch actual footage of the developing dilemma.

Approx. 9 minutes

Mountain Crash

Mountain Crash

Density altitude accident in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Approx. 3 minutes

Pinch Hitting a King Air

Pinch Hitting a King Air

Imagine being forced to take over the flight controls of a Beechcraft King Air 200 if you’d never flown anything larger than a Cessna 172.

Approx. 30 minutes

Power Loss on Takeoff

Power Loss on Takeoff

When the engine quits at 200 feet, there’s not much time to decide.

Approx. 5 minutes

Prop Attack

Prop Attack!

A hand-propping accident near Swansboro, North Carolina.

Approx. 3 minutes

Snake on a Plane

Snake on a Plane

In-flight distraction near Gallipolis, Ohio.

Approx. 3 minutes

The Impossible Turn

The Impossible Turn

Dave Keller needed to land immediately—but rather than landing straight ahead or off to the side, he chose to execute the “Impossible Turn” back to the airport: a risky and often fatal maneuver. With aerial footage captured by Keller’s own video camera, this Real Pilot Story puts you in the right seat as the event develops. Learn why returning to the runway below pattern altitude is a dangerous gamble.

Approx. 9 minutes

Three Seconds, Three Choices

Three Seconds, Three Choices

Relinquishing PIC authority is never a good idea.

Approx. 6 minutes

Toddler Overboard

Toddler Overboard!

A three-year-old accidentally opened the door at 10,000 feet.

Approx. 4 minutes

Vacuum Failure in IMC

Vacuum Failure in IMC

Donna Wilt’s vacuum failure was in solid IMC and thunderstorms.

Approx. 12 minutes