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Twins and the “Impossible Turn”

January 1, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration calls it “the impossible turn” – the danger of attempting to turn back to the departure runway with an engine failure shortly after takeoff. Almost all discussion of the “impossible turn” relates to single-engine airplanes, in which we’re taught to land nearly straight ahead if an engine quits. What most Baron and Travel Air pilots are not taught, however, is that an immediate turn-back after engine failure on takeoff is often fatal, even in a twin-engine airplane.