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Hidden Hazard

A Mooney pilot was overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning and lost consciousness while airborne and miraculously survived a crash landing to tell his story.

Pilot Dan Bass reflects on a haunting flight in his Mooney when he was overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning and lost consciousness while airborne. In this real pilot story, Dan shares the incredible tale of the collective circumstances that led to the accident and his miraculous survival after he woke up in a snow-covered field in the bitter February cold. He reviews the lessons he learned, including the importance of installing a carbon monoxide detector to prevent a similar mishap from occurring.

ASI’s Real Pilot Stories allow pilots to share their encounter with a dilemma so others can benefit—while comfortable on the ground—from lessons learned the hard way in flight.

Learn more:

CO is a gas that has no odor or color and it is therefore difficult to detect and deadly dangerous.

Review the Deadly CO article.

Review the NTSB Calls for Carbon Monoxide Alerting Requirement.

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