Definition of pancake landing in US English:

pancake landing

noun

  • 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.’

Pronunciation

pancake landing

/ˈpanˌkāk ˈlandiNG/