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my first major mechanical failure in flight

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Jun 13, 2011
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Took off friday morning and was about 3 minutes out at 3500 when I flipped off my electric pump. 30 seconds later (or so) I was on the radio with ATC when the engine stumbled and began to die. Flipping the electric back on brought the engine back to life, but capped it at mid range rpm's and with high egt's. Back on the ground, it was determined the mech fuel pump failed, so a new one is on order.

Thankfully I had elevation and proximity to airfield on my side, but it was a reminder that I need to be more diligent about scanning for my emergency landing sites. And to keep an extra set of skivvies in my flight bag. :lol:

I'm guessing a few of you have some stories about major mechanical failures in flight?

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