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VIDEO: Private Pilot Unintentionally Gets His Aircraft into a Flat Spin and Loses 2,800 Feet in 40 Seconds

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SHARE THIS >> Getting yourself into a flat spin is something you do not want to happen. Unfortunately this happened to this private pilot. On the way down, losing 2,800 feet in less than 40 seconds and spinning approximately 26 times, his engine stalls, he tries to restart it but can’t, and then has to make an emergency landing in a field. This must have been the most terrifying ride of his life! Thank god he could recover from the flat spin and make a safe but hard landing. Watch this amazing video below:


  1. Transporter412

    December 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Did he even attempt a engine restart?

  2. Stacey Moye

    December 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Please repost this with instructions for avoidance and correction. Not as good as emergency upset training but its a start towards widespread knowledge.

  3. Aviation guy

    December 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    if you were paying attention to the video you would have seen that he tried restarting the engines trice

  4. Akeno_Xtrm

    December 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Ok a few points here , right after he did the steep turn he immediately proceeded to commence stalls ( he was probably practicing . ket the aircraft stabilize , identify your heading look for safe landing spots incase things go south.) , secondly as the stall happened there was wing drop he probably corrected it with ailerons ( not good use only rudders) finally when the autorotation starts he should have used rudder to arrest the spin. lastly i dont think he had the time to think of an engine restart. Definitely points for decision making and choosing where to land ( he is alive because of that).

  5. Josh Davis

    December 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Re: Restart
    Flat spin would have slung the fuel outboard in the wings. That’s
    why the engine stalled. He would have needed the aux pump on and at
    least 15 seconds AFTER he halted the spin in order to restart the engine. He didn’t have the luxury of that much time after ending the spin. Once you’re under 500 feet, you’re committed to the emergency landing.

    Re: Spin entry
    Poor control handling while power-off stalled shouldn’t have been that abrupt of a drop and rotate. It looks as if he MAY have intentionally entered the spin. If this plane had tip tanks, that would make it harder to exit the spin, due to the outboard rotational inertia, vs the low rudder authority.

    Re: Spin recovery
    can only happen stalled. Stop the stall, and the plane will keep flying. Stop the rotation with the rudder, and stop the
    stall by lowering the nose. At the end, he lowered the nose enough to gain relative wind, which gave him the rudder authority to stop the rotation. This can be heard by the quick increase in airflow sound.

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