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English definition of “pancake landing”

pancake landing

noun [C]    
an occasion when an aircraft lands without using its wheels by dropping onto the ground from a low height, because it has a problem and cannot continue to flyMoving downwardsFalling and droppingAviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the air
(Definition of pancake landing noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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