I was on the final leg of my around-the-world flight in Clipper America. I took off from Idlewild Airport (now JFK), and headed for my start point, SFO. While crossing the Nevada border at 26,500ft, I elected to shutoff and feather engine #2, due to low MP and rough running. I turned on AFK and set for emergency, trimmed it up, and went upstairs to watch the Dodgers game. I came down about 10min later to re-adjust the heading gyro, due to drift. As I looked, the attitude was somewhat nose-high, and as I changed views to outside, #1 was in flames, I was riding the edge of a stall, and had lost 9,500ft. I looked overhead and the red light was on, so I hit the fire panel, and extinguishers, setting #1's mixture and throttle to zero. To recover airspeed from the stall, I had gotten down to 11,000ft. Then, seeing I was too low to climb back to altitude (to avoid heavy turbulence in the Sierra Nevada) I made an emergency landing at Silver Springs Airport in Nevada. As I trimmed the rudder, I reduced power for an approach into Silver Springs. However, looking at my MP gauge, I saw the MP was at 20" for all four engines, and throttle was unresponsive (I turned off MP hold and throttle lock) and I had no power. For some reason, #'s 3 & 4 had both shut off in the process, and I was unable to restart them. I immediately cut mixture, throttle, and feathered the props, making me a big glider. While in the descent, the FE was telling me to reduce power now, because engines couldn't take much more, and the stewardess said an engine was on fire. No engines were on fire, and they were off. I made the best Stratocruiser landing I've ever made, making applause and a safe stop (with emergency brakes).
So my problem is, why did my FE tell me to reduce power, my stewardess tell me engines were on fire, and why didn't AFK pause the game? Is this a glitch, a load error? Everything was perfect from takeoff...
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