Get extra lift from AOPA. Start your free membership trial today! Click here

The Impossible Turn

Real Pilot Story

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.
Tablet: Compatible
Length: 8:40 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Emergency Procedures, Operations at Airports
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute in examining the circumstances that led to this pilot's situation. Then, please share lessons learned to help others avoid a similar incident.

Apply credit to your ASI transcript for watching this video:
Get Transcript Credit

This video qualifies for AOPA Accident Forgiveness.