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dead-stick landing

The landing of an air or space craft without power (i.e., one whose control stick is "dead"). (Also written as "deadstick landing.") After the storm knocked out both of the plane's engines, the pilot was forced to performed a harrowing dead-stick landing.
See also: landing
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Nearly every month we hear about a pilot rescuing a planeload of passengers in a deadstick landing or a little girl being plucked from a frozen river by some selfless passerby.
The rudder is operated by duplicated FBW, with duplicated hydraulics, though no manual reversion, hence deadstick landings are crosswind-limited.