September 2017 Issue

Turnback Failure

The pilot’s attempt to return to the runway when the engine failed shortly after takeoff wasn’t successful.

A lot of ink and pixels have been spilled over the years about turning back to the departure runway if a single’s engine quits right after takeoff. The maneuver is usually referred to as a turnback, and was the topic of our January 2006 article, “Turnbacks Reconsidered”.

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