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Engine Failure Over Kentucky

As I dialed in the tower fre­quency, the cockpit fell silent. Prop-loafing, heart­ stopping engine failure. My training kicked in (thank you, Tom Davis). I added carb heat (late, I know), checked the fuel selector (should have an hour’s fuel still in the tanks), flipped through the left and right mags, and pushed the mix­ ture knob into full-rich. No change.