pancake landing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An irregular or emergency landing in which an aircraft drops flat to the ground from a low altitude.
Variant of pancake
- a thin, flat cake of batter fried on a griddle or in a pan; griddlecake; flapjack
- a landing in which the airplane levels off higher than for a normal landing, stalls, then drops almost verticallyin full pancake landing
- ☆ pancake makeup