I wanted to post this in a new thread so everyone would see it. All the way down this guy is on the edge of a stall. He's too preoccupied with fixing the problem and not paying attention to flying the airplane - in my opinion anyway. About the time the camera comes into focus on him (or at 30 seconds into this video clip) -that's about the time he should have chopped the power and committed to landing. He had a nice lake to land on.
Here's a topic for debate - I think chopping the power and committing to landing would have been a good move. Suppose he didn't chop the power and as he got right down on the lake power came back in -now he starts to hope it will fix itself - suppose he burns up a nice lake he could have landed on and as he approaches the trees - things don't work out and the engine sputters again now he's perhaps passed up his chance to walk away.
There is a right time to make a decision to go down and do it gracefully.
well that's my thought for the day.
cliff in Maine