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Mayday at Mt. McKinley

Real Pilot Story

Imagine flying the gorgeous Alaska Mountain Range, sharing spectacular views of Denali Park with your passengers. Then, just as the stunning panorama of what was then called 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.
Tablet: Compatible
Length: 10 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Emergency Procedures
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

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