Totally unique massive system failure & unrehearsed recovery
Ok, this is 25% serious and 75% fun.
I had just lifted off in a DC-9, and the whole yoke came loose and fell in my lap.
(My MSFS yoke, that is, clamped to the desk top)
The plane was trimmed slightly nose down. I sat- momentarily frozen- as it gently began to nose-over towards the ground.
Oh no!...I might crash!!!!!
But my mind raced...AUTOPILOT! Get it ON.....NOW.....dial in a 1000 fpm climb!
I grabed the mouse and clicked furiously on the virtual autopilot knobs...autopilot on....altitude hold on (fortunately, it had a higher altitude dialed in)....Vertical speed click click click click click click click click click click..........
Soon, the plane was climbing nicely. I reattached the yoke, while begining navigation tasks...I did NOT bother to contact the tower.
It's so important to understand your systems, and be able to think on the fly!
Ok, maybe it's 90% fun 10% serious...only my virtual butt was at risk...but it was kind of fun to deal with a huge control failure and come up with a solution and save the virtual day.