As seen from the title, this a real life story brought to by me that happened to me today.
Today, January 25th,2019, started off like any flight I would ever take. I got to the airport to preflight N5194F, the airplane that I have almost 200 hours in flying. I get to the airport 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time to look over her and make she it was running right. I started the airplane and taxied to runway 19 for my runup. During the runup, there was a bit of carbon buildup on the right magneto and i cleaned it out. After cleaning it out, the rest of the airplane was fine.
I taxied to the hold short line for runway and announced i was departing 19 remaining in the pattern for searcy, After takeoff, we got a good climb rate of 1000 feet per minute and by the end of the 60008 foot runway, I was at pattern altitude of 1,100 feet. About roughly mid-field left downwind, everything went bad. All of a sudden i heard the engine cough, there was a bang and a popping noise and the engine died for a split second than regained its power, After that I turned the airplane towards the runway, left my self high and with plenty of airspeed so if the engine quit, I could make the runway no problem. The landing was unevent full and the mechanic is looking at the airplane.