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Shortly after rotation, this Cessna 182 Skylane lost power. Without enough altitude to make a safe 180 degree turn back towards the runway, this pilot made the smart choice of continuing straight ahead to land in a nearby field at 3:50 in the video below. Check it out, then pass it on.
With surging power (audible in the video), the pilot had no way to continue a climb with the hope of gaining enough altitude for a return to the runway. Upon examination of the aircraft, the FAA ruled out bad fuel, magneto problems, or separated engine components. Everything under the cowling was intact. Pilot error was not a factor considering the thorough checklist usage prior to, and during, the flight. (Watch the video from the beginning to see the pilot's checklist usage)
Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, commercially licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and a commercial aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. Swayne's experience ranges from international flights in a King Air F90 to ferrying a 1943 Grumman Widgeon across the country. You can reach Swayne at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.