I shut down Baltimore Washington International one morning at about 7:00 AM in low IFR conditions. I lost all electric when the alternator field connection failed at the alternator. As I broke out at about 200'AGL I couldn't find the airport,so I guessed that the four-lane beneath me was the BW Parkway, so I turned north. When I saw the tower on the right and the water tank on the left I turned 180° and read the road sign that said Annapolis. I then figured that the road was MD Route 3 and the airport was to my west. I turned right and found the airport just before I crossed the fence, landed on 28 and was immediately surrounded by emergency vehicles. Taxied in and my wife calmly got out. I got out and up on the wing and the paramedics grabbed me as I was white as a sheet. Told the FBO to fix it, and the mechanic spoke very well about the cleanliness and maintenance of the aircraft to the FAA investigator.. Same investigator called me and I gave him the long version of what happened. He responded,"It looks like you just had your test and passed." End of story. Peter did way better than I!^^^^^ this ^^^^^^
An engine out that doesn't cause anybody any major problems is not an emergency at all.
I may have posted this before, please forgive the repetition if needed. Many moons ago, one nice day I had a spinner come off and lost some of the propeller on an RV-3, and felt I had to shut the engine down in flight. Landed the airplane in a local riverbed, managed to not damage it. Panicked, I immediately jumped a fence and ran over to a local store, and put coins into a pay phone to call the FAA FSDO office. I was terrified that they would come out and cut up my license in front of me.
"Was any one killed?"
"Was any one in the airplane or on the ground injured?"
"Were you injured?"
"Did any property on the ground get damaged?"
"Did anyone on the ground get frightened or angry?"
"Have a nice day... (dial tone)"
Very lo-res scan of photo that appeared in the next morning's newspaper"
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