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. Although he could not see what was happening at this time, the aft underside of the fuselage of the F8F-2 was on fire.