This pilot’s abilities are tested as he faces a serious situation trying to land at night with an electrical failure.
Watch in HD – Cessna 172
General note regarding Electrical Failures:
Most airplanes are designed in such a way that all major systems (such as primary flight controls and engine(s) will continue to function fine in the event of an electrical failure.
In fact, many airplanes that do not need to operate near controlled airspace, do not have electrical systems at all.
However, things like radios, lights, transponders, electronic flaps, and so on, are obviously going to be unavailable in the event of an electrical failure, so it is a serious if not dire situation – especially at night.
As for the specifics of this situation, I got the following additional info from Steven:
There was a dead cell in the battery that obviously caused some sort of electrical short when the load became too great. Pretty sure they just replaced the battery and the system was fine.
EDIT: There is a great comment thread on reddit about this, and it links back to an older thread discussing the raw footage.
– most questions that come up have been answered in one the threads:
Thanks to Steven Martinet for sharing this footage and being willing to be “Flight Chopped” 🙂
More of his flying videos can be found here:
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