One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An emergency landing in which an aircraft levels out close to the ground and drops vertically with its undercarriage still retracted.
- ‘Flying too slowly resulting in a stall and "pancake" landing is a common accident.’
- ‘The pilot couldn't lower all the wheels so he had to make a pancake landing.’
pancake landing/ˈpanˌkāk ˈlandiNG/
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