dead-stick landing

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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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The pilot quickly turned his oxygen regulator to the 100 percent position and headed toward the field for a dead stick landing.
Concentrating on reaching the field and making a good dead stick landing, the pilot could not tell how much of this plane was burning.