How to Land a Plane in an Emergency

How to Land a Plane in an Emergency


TOM: “Everyone else on the plane is unconscious.
You are the only one who can land it. And you’ve never flown a plane before. What do
you do next?” I’m at Virtual Aviation’s million-pound simulator
in Cambridge, with Morag and Matt, and my job is simple. Land the plane, and show you how to do it
too. You know, just in case. And don’t forget, this is part of Comic Relief’s
School of YouTube. Everyone here’s given their time for free
to make this happen, but remember we’re doing this to raise money
for children worldwide who have limited or no access to education
at all. Details of how you can help are on screen
now, and if you can donate, please do. All right. Let’s land this thing!” GORDON BURNS: “Tom, then, on his approach
to London Heathrow Airport.” “Very strong crosswinds to contend with.” TOM: “Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa…” GORDON BURNS: “So, wrestling a bit with the
control column.” “Bringing it back to centre only stops the
roll continuing, he needs to nudge it the other way to get
on course.” TOM: “I’m way too high. Pull the thrust ba–aack!” GORDON BURNS: “Swaying in the wind, and he
reduces the thrust to get the nose down.” “But I think it’s too much, he’s coming in
too low.” COMPUTER: “Pull up!” TOM: “I’m trying!” GORDON BURNS: “There’s the warning system,
ordering him to pull up, and he has got the nose back, but is it enough?” “Is he going to land short of that runway?” “He’s almost down, he is short and veering
left…” TOM: “That’s technically on the runway!” GORDON BURNS: “Not on the runway, he’s lucky
there’s no building there, but he’s got a problem, he doesn’t realise
it, I don’t think.” TOM: “Ha ha ha ha ha ha!” TOM: “Why are… why are we not stopping?” GORDON BURNS: “But he has accidentally disabled
the auto brake, so he’s not going to stop.” TIM TAYLOR, INSTRUCTOR: “And we’ve crashed.”
(LAUGHTER) GORDON BURNS: “But not a bad effort from Tom.” “Morag next. Can she do better?” “A set of lights next to the runway guide
her on height.” “If they appear white, she knows she’s too
high. Red for too low.” “But she’s struggling here with the crosswinds.” “Just needs to keep calm and nudge the 737
back on course, which she has done nicely.” “And she’ll be guided by those dials on height
and direction.” COMPUTER: “Sink rate!” (ALARM) “Pull up!” GORDON BURNS: “She is correcting, correcting
too much, she needs to pull up again.” “And now she’s overdone that too, so she’s
very high now.” “With the runway ahead — there it is, she’s
supposed to be down on that runway, so she’s in trouble here.” “This plane is getting
away from her at the moment, automatic emergency instructions getting
a bit frantic with her now, we are on our way down and there’s only one
way this flight will finish, and it’s not good.” “Finally, it’s Matt at the controls, and looking good in these early stages.” “The flight director instrument showing him
he is almost bang on the descent path.” GORDON BURNS: “And he needs to follow the small, MATT: “Oh, hello!” (LAUGHS) purple diamonds with the control column and that will keep him on course.” “And he is very much on course at the minute,
using the thrust lever skillfully there to adjust his height. He’s keeping calm.” “Just small inputs on the controls keeping
him pretty much on line.” “And he’s heading straight for that runway,
he seems pleased at that.” “This is a really good approach, easy does
it now…” “Is he going to miss the runway, surely not,
tilting left a bit… and… that was probably the wing clipping the runway,
but he is down.” “And now on the rudder pedals to steer it
back towards the runway.” “And that, Matt, was a very good effort.” “So at the end of the round, at the end of
the contest, Matt is the clear winner.” MATT: “I think I landed that!” TIM TAYLOR, INSTRUCTOR: “Good! Yeah, you did! That
was the best one out of the lot.” MATT: “Yaaaay!” (CHUCKLE) TIM TAYLOR, INSTRUCTOR: “You’re the only one
to have made touchdown on the runway.” (LAUGHTER) TOM: “If you’re ever the only one who can land
a plane, that is how you do it.” “And if you’ve learned something, then please, help someone who hasn’t got that chance.” “£5 could help a Zambian orphan go to school
for a month and get a meal every day there. Perhaps the
only meal that they’ll get so please, pick up the phone, click the link
on screen, and donate if you can.” “Thank you to Virtual Aviation, thank you to
Gordon Burns for the wonderful voiceover, and thank you to Comic Relief for setting
all this up.” “That is how you land a plane in an emergency.” Subtitled by David Wheatley

100 thoughts on “How to Land a Plane in an Emergency”

  1. Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
    And there's nothing wrong with a light bit of lithobraking to shed excess energy if you forget to engage the thrust reversers.
    The maintenance guys need to get paid too, and the paintwork was probably in need of a tidy up anyway.
    If course, if things are going really pear-shaped, the preferred course of action is reverting to the hangar.

  2. There is an Autopilot for landing…just call the police and they will get someone who will give you instructions…

  3. 30secs in and Im already hitting the like button because of the cause. Scott, you are awesome…!

  4. Why not just land it in the water? Surely it would be safer, given there's much less to hit, and the water would (maybe) absorb the impact better than the runway.

  5. 0/10 came here expecting to be taught how to land a plane…. now i gotta tell everybody and the dead pilot that this video did not teach me such thing and that we are now out of fuel… great

  6. I warn you – if I’m the only one left conscious on that plane – I’m grabbing all of the duty free and bailing with the emergency parachute. (If there isn’t one, I’ll make one out of hand luggage).

  7. Tom: flies too low and to the left
    Morag: flies too high and to the right
    Matt: flies just right
    Matt clearly found the Aviation Goldilocks Zone.

  8. If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you can use the airplane after, it's a great landing.

  9. "You really want to make touchdown on the runway" – what years of education and experience sounds like, no doubt

  10. That's a great attempt (for a 'passenger' trying to land that Boeing 737-800). I wish to become a commercial pilot when I'm older

  11. if you ever find youself alone in a 747 cockpit:

    CONTACT ATC AND DECLARE AN EMERGENCY BY PRESSING THE BUTTON ON THE REAR TOP LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE YOKE.
    State the situation, DO NOT try to land the plane by yourself.

    Immediately after declaring the emergency a team of highly qualified individuals will start talking to you over ATC and they will probably give you a frequency that you will have to tune in on the radios, they can be found between the two seats, under the APU switches (the 3 red big switches that read 1, APU and 2) the radios have 2 LCD displays, a swap button and a knob, you dial in the frequency by turning the knob and when you've got it in the standby LCD you press the swap button that's between the two LCDs).

    In that frequency, there will be only you and ATC. They will tell you to circle over the airport until you feel confident enough to begin an approach, after that, you will be able to attempt an approach, ATC will be diverting any other traffic on frequency off the airport. So you'll be the only one landing on the airpot, you don't need to worry about other traffic. Once you start your descent towards the runway, check the lights on the side of the runway (as you saw on the video, two red, two white is good, more white than red is high, more red than white is low), set an altitude under 1000 feet that you feel comfortable with (ATC might give you one instead, if so, follow their instructions), and if you're not on the center line and confident that you're going to safely land by that altitude, perform a goaround, this means you'll gain altitude and circle around the airport one more time before attempting another landing. Do as many goarounds as you need, and remember to deploy the landing gear, it's on top of the right onboard computer, a big lever that you'll have to pull down on 🙂

    PS: I am not a pilot, just someone that has spent a fair amount of time in flight simulators, so I might have made some mistakes, correct me if I'm wrong in anything.

  12. You open the doors, wait for a grassy part and when low enough you aim for the slip and slide on the grass, and jump onto it enjoy the rest of your ride.

  13. It’s simple.
    1. Dial in correct ils frequency to nav 1 and 2 radios
    2. Select correct course on both course selectors
    3. Engage autopilot 1 and 2 selecting approach mode
    4. Use the FMS to (init ref button) to determine the vref speed
    5. Dial in the vref speed into the speed bug and enable autothrottle
    6. Gear down below 200knots, flaps 30
    7. Auto brakes set to max
    8. Confirm you have “land 3” annunciated on your primary flight display below 1500feet
    9. Relax and go make a cup of tea, let autopilot do the rest. Make sure the galley power switch is on!

  14. If I heard correctly, 5 pounds can get a child in school for a month and give him or her lunch everyday! Think of how expensive is our life here in the developed world!!!

  15. A fun video but awful real advice. Even the commentator with the 15 point list missed the single most important piece of advice: how to use the radio! All you need to do is get talking to air traffic control, they'll get a real pilot to tell you what to do. So the only thing you need to know is where the Push To Talk (PTT or MIC) radio button is. Look for the pilot's control yoke or stick (where they put their hands) and it'll be one of the easily accessible buttons, though watch out for the autopilot disengage button, it's NOT that one! 😉 Simples.

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