gross height excursion


gross height excursion
   a dangerous and unplanned loss of aircraft height
   Civil aviation jargon in an environment where nothing must be acknowledged as dangerous or unplanned:
    ... a nose dive is never called a nose dive. It is a 'gross height excursion'. (Moynahan, 1983)

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