(third-person singular simple present deadsticks, present participle deadsticking, simple past and past participle deadsticked)
- To land an aircraft without power.
(plural dead sticks)
- An unpowered propeller.
- I had to land with a dead stick.
- (often used attributively) Failed aircraft power.
- The 767 made a miraculous dead stick landing at an abandoned Canadian airfield.
- Without aircraft-engine power.
- He landed dead stick.
(third-person singular simple present dead sticks, present participle dead sticking, simple past and past participle dead sticked)
- To fly, especially to land, an aircraft without power.
From stick (“wooden two-bladed propeller”), possibly confounded with stick-like aircraft-engine throttles.