flameout 1. The unintentional extinguishing of the flame of a jet engine in flight, e.g. through a failure of combustion or the fuel supply. 2. Someone who fails suddenly, especially after having been successful.
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A flameout refers to the run-down of a jet engine caused by the extinction of the flame in the combustion chamber. It can be caused by a number of factors, including fuel starvation; compressor stall; insufficient oxygen (at high altitudes); foreign object damage (such as caused by birds, hail or volcanic ash); severe inclement weather; and mechan
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