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Trapped on Top

Real Pilot Story

We tend to think of emergencies as one-at-a-time events, but as pilot Ken Lawson discovered, bad things sometimes come in pairs. Imagine yourself as a non-current instrument pilot dealing with an unexpected IFR descent—then add a failed engine to the mix. How would you cope? Listen as ATC mounts a heroic effort to get the pilot down safely.
Tablet: Compatible
Length: 15:05 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Emergency Procedures, Radio Communications and ATC, VFR into IMC
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

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This video qualifies for AOPA Accident Forgiveness.