socalfitness saidSeveral years ago a buddy who I got into flying had an engine failure on takeoff and had the opportunity to land on a golf course. It was Sunday and the course was crowded. He decided to put it on a street with obstructions. He and his passengers were critically injured. He recovered and bought another plane just to prove to himself that he wouldn't be spooked by the incident.Wow, that sucks! Good that he recovered, though.
I think of crashing a plane just like crashing a car: You just gotta get another one and keep going.
So far I've been fortunate to have no crashes, but I have had a few engine failures during test flights (while I'm circling over the runway to test the new engines).
He had a Cessna 182. Failure resulted from a defectively written AD on the carburetor The shop properly followed the AD, though. Boy, the FAA sure got involved. One of the planes I had was a Turbo Mooney that I flew out of an airport near LAX. I always tried to figure where I would put it down if the engine failed at a point too low to turn back (often a bad idea) or too low to make it to LAX. Never saw a decent place. Worst I ever had was a rough engine at 15K ft 20 miles from an airport. No problem getting back.
I had another buddy who was actually a good pilot but always liked to push things. We were in his plane. He had topped off his tanks and flew around S. Calif before he, his wife, and I got in his plane to fly to St. Louis. The fuel was getting low and I encouraged him to stop in Amarillo, but no. Dummy should have never relied on fuel gauges, which started acting up. We stayed high deciding to make it to Clinton, OK. Right over the airport, the fuel ran out. Spiral down from approx 12K ft. Funny thing once on the ground the attitude changed and enough fuel got into the to engine to taxi under power to the fuel pit.