A Glass of Water Saved a Plane And 72 Passengers

So what do they have? No electricity on board, all equipment down, no airport in sight, and only a half-forgotten runway deep in the Siberian snow forest. It’s hard to imagine a worse scenario for a passenger plane landing, so it’s a real miracle that everyone ended up safe and sound. And all of it…

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over the Pacific Ocean

You know, making all these videos is pretty exhausting work. What I need is a vacation. Somewhere far away, preferably exotic, and must be exciting! Korea? Or maybe Japan? Great food, fantastic culture, plenty of ways to embarrass myself by misunderstanding the local customs. What’s not to love? But I noticed something strange while booking…

A Plane Caught Fire But 350 People Survived Miraculously

Anybody who’s boarded a plane knows the feeling. After you find your seat, put your stuff in the overhead locker, and sit down – your mind now recovering from the hustle-and-bustle of getting to the airport and through security to find your gate –apprehension starts to creep in. You try to push it away, convince…

A Plane Lost Both Engines So Pilots Had No Other Choice

“Would the lead steward please come to the flight deck… immediately”. Sounds like one of those in-flight announcements from a dramatic plane crash movie. No one would ever want to hear this in reality. Unfortunately, it’s exactly what the passengers on Air Transat Flight 236 heard as their plane ran out of fuel somewhere above…

A Man Felt Out of the Plane But Pilots Saved Him

When Marine Second Lieutenant Walter Osipoff was boarding a DC-2 plane at about 9:30 AM on May 15, 1941, he didn’t know yet that the flight would almost become his very last. Shortly after the takeoff, an accident that no one could have predicted left the man dangling high in the air, tangled in his…

Empty Tank at 41,000 Feet, So Pilots Did This

Imagine, you’re driving on a long stretch of highway when (uh-oh!) you run out of gas. Well, you’d probably just call a friend or AAA, no big deal really. Now imagine the same scenario, only you’re a pilot flying a commercial jet full of people! That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian plane at a…

Birds Ruined the Engines But the Plane Couldn’t Come Back

Ten years ago, the world of aviation was flabbergasted by an event that was later named the “Miracle on the Hudson.” That day, two airline pilots had to use the only runway they could safely reach for an emergency landing – the narrow expanse of the Hudson River in New York City. How could such…

This Plane Landed with Extremely Speed That Ever Happened

Ever wanted to take part in a race? Well, how about one… on a passenger plane? The story I’d like to tell you now is not exactly about a race, though, but it’s as close as it gets, given the circumstances. On December 31, 1988 (ya hear the Christmas chimes yet?), a passenger airliner heading…

A Captain Was Pulled Out, See What Happened to the Plane

Every day, about 10 million people take commercial flights to get from point A to point B. Almost 100,000 planes take off and land without a hitch. But from time to time, very rarely, an accident will happen that seems to spike cases of aviophobia all over the world. Like that time when a captain…

Why Planes Dump Fuel Before Landing

Picture this: you’re nestled cozily in your window seat on a jet airliner when suddenly, you notice weird white spray coming out the back of the wing. Is something wrong with the plane? Are you going to crash? No need to panic! At this moment, the pilots are performing a standard procedure called fuel dumping.…