No matter how hard I tried I could not turn the crank. So I did what any self-respecting pilot would do. While holding the yoke so I could fly straight, I got my feet behind the seats and stood on the crank. Still nothing happened, so I jumped on it. This time something broke. When I say something broke, I mean the crank turned. However, I wasn't sure if I broke the mechanism, or if I just broke it loose. I got back into the pilot seat and started turning the crank. The book says you have to turn it 50 times. Here I was, flying toward the airport, cranking like crazy. I cranked the handle over 100 times, but it was still turning. Then the unthinkable happened. The left engine stopped. Suddenly the gear didn't seem so important.