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LT PATRICK CADORET, a flight instructor with VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., was on a day, contact training flight in a T-6B. While returning to Whiting Field at 4,500 feet and 240 knots, his aircraft had a sudden power loss with associated aural warning tone and red warning light.

He took control of the aircraft and turned toward nearby Navy Outlying Field Evergreen. Executing the NATOPS Precautionary Emergency Landing procedure, he began a climb to a safe glide altitude to the field. During the climb, the engine instruments momentarily returned to normal, but within seconds showed high engine temperature and decaying power. He set the power lever to idle to reduce the temperature. Unable to restore engine performance, LT Cadoret communicated his situation and intentions to the runway duty officer at Evergreen. Without usable thrust, he followed a forced-landing profile and intercepted a straight-in approach to an off-duty runway and landed.

The time from initial indication of the power loss until on deck was just over two minutes.


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Date:Jan 1, 2014
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