Total Engine Failure - Eastern Air Lines Flight 855 - XP11

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    Eastern Air Lines Flight 855 was an air incident near Miami, Florida on May 5, 1983. En route from Miami International Airport to Nassau International Airport, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, registration N334EA, experienced the loss of all three engines.

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  • deadphishiy
    deadphishiy 23 hours ago

    Remove an O ring from a car gauge, the car will still be fine.
    Remove an O ring from a plane... total engine failure!

  • John Mullaney
    John Mullaney 5 days ago +1

    And in spite of all the mechanics and FAA staff who didn’t do their job I bet no one was disciplined.

  • Doris Brown
    Doris Brown 6 days ago

    It's just God

  • Linda Bard
    Linda Bard 6 days ago

    Landing in Miami

  • Linda Bard
    Linda Bard 6 days ago

    This is like watching a crash

  • Tuppoo94
    Tuppoo94 8 days ago

    The fact that they shut down engine number 2 before it flamed out probably saved the plane. It didn't have enough time to pump out all of its oil, and probably had just enough left at the restart to make it to Miami, and then died on the runway.

  • Scott Bridge
    Scott Bridge 10 days ago

    The pilots you want to fly the plane you're in are ones who've faced a true emergency and was able to get the plane down with everyone alive and well.
    I think of the pilots who had to do the water landing on the Hudson River after taking off from LGA and when Harrison Ford was able to get his plane down after a near disaster and walk away.
    These are the pilots who you want to trust your life with, who know what to do when things go terribly wrong.

  • K G
    K G 17 days ago

    Damn this one was crazy! Im happy that the crew worked well together and the plane landed safely.

  • Leroy Brown
    Leroy Brown 17 days ago

    If you want to be even more impressed with this flight crew, read the cockpit voice recording. I hold this event to be the best example of coordination in an emergency with a passenger heavy jet. These guys were really something.
    The entire event and CVR is in a book entitled "The Black Box". Makes me proud to be a retired airline pilot with five engine failures in my career. Bravo to those guys.

  • Nathan Wind
    Nathan Wind 22 days ago

    Eastern is out of business. Go figure.

  • Ahmad
    Ahmad 25 days ago

    I’m so thankful this plane landed safely! I was fearing the worst when the video showed all three engines had failed. Was hopeful the ditching might somehow be successful. Relieved when one engine could be restarted. But in suspense on whether it can hold out until it can reach the runway. It did... Yaay!

  • Silencer Man
    Silencer Man 26 days ago

    That is why airlines have a Inspection department. MCD are inspection buy back.

  • Dan Lewis
    Dan Lewis 29 days ago

    Please do a video on Eastern Airlines fight 66, June 24th, 1975. It took off from New Orleans and crashed on approach to JFK. I believe it was caught in a downdraft from a violent thunderstorm and clipped a light post. It was one of the worst aviation disasters on American land.

  • Allen Elman
    Allen Elman Month ago

    @ 7:25. Mechanics must have been on METH!!

  • Capitao Nascimento
    Capitao Nascimento Month ago

    Totally unrelated, but imho an L1011 in Eastern livery is one of the most beautiful jets ever

  • Drummer Dave's House

    How come jets don't have a reserve engine on them like a boat can have another motor?

  • athruin
    athruin Month ago

    Truly impressive aviating, opening the isolation valves was absolutely clutch.

  • tomellis37
    tomellis37 Month ago

    Yet another reason not to fly.

  • Richard Wolske
    Richard Wolske Month ago +1

    Cool heads , and a shit load of luck ! Great job captains and crew ! I was a jet mechanic in the navy , everything was double checked , most of us where 21-28 years old amazing what they teach and expect of us ! No free hot lunch there . Changed my life !

  • Mac Thomas
    Mac Thomas Month ago

    At 8:32 it says the crew halts its descent when it should be ascent, also why use Maximum power on engines 1 and 3 when you are already down an engine it seems a more conservative approach to regaining altitude would be prudent.

  • Phil Montejano
    Phil Montejano Month ago

    The L 1011 was a great airliner!
    Better designed compared to the DC 10

  • Catatonic Pikachu
    Catatonic Pikachu Month ago

    Watching this video, I was sure that the plane would crash in the ocean. I bet the passengers thought so too. A miracle.

  • Greig Shearer
    Greig Shearer Month ago

    Pilots deserve 5 days off paid Vegas trip!

  • Dan Nguyen
    Dan Nguyen Month ago

    Do they ever held those mechanics accountable for their sloppy worked? It could have result in the lost of lives.

  • monicawism
    monicawism Month ago

    Finally, I found one with a happy ended. 😊

  • JD jitsu
    JD jitsu Month ago

    Glad with the outcome.

  • Bruce Adornato
    Bruce Adornato Month ago

    what exactly is the isolation valve? for fuel? oil?

  • mdteletom 1
    mdteletom 1 Month ago

    They should get the cockpit recording of this flight and use it as a textbook example of cooperation and communication, not only with each other but with the towers and technical support teams as well. I watch the Smithsonian series, Air Disasters, and some of those accidents could have been less severe, or, in some cases, avoided if the crew had better communications.

  • Jimmy James
    Jimmy James Month ago

    In 1983 the crash position was.. put your head down and hug knees. Today it's gently rest your forehead on the seat in front of you THAT'S ONLY INCHES AWAY! I hate flying these days 🤡

  • Joseph Martin
    Joseph Martin Month ago

    I remember that day.Your story brought back memories.The comments are very interesting.It's very easy to say woulda coulda shoulda when you know the whole story.When you are addressing the problems as they unfold it's a very different story.You know they lost # 2 engine,you know they lost then lost #1 then #3 WOW an L1011 glider.THEY DIDN'T KNOW.The crew did every thing right and that's why this has a happy ending with no loss of life.I was there that day in May.From that day on that type of maintenance was never done on all engines at one time.

  • Dog is my co-pirate. Relic hunting Montana

    FORGOT THE 0-RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Len Howl
    Len Howl Month ago

    Some lucky people.

  • Rob Graham
    Rob Graham Month ago


  • James
    James Month ago

    I know that pilots are on the spot and always make the right decisions, but me, personally - if my engines are flaming out, I'm heading for the nearest landing strip and I'll take my chances with the weather.

  • The Greenman
    The Greenman Month ago

    Could you imagine int he 60's, 70's, 80's all the shit bag drug user mechanics that were working on planes and fucking them up? Imagine how many of them made mistakes but the plane made it (like in this example). Also, the amount of mistakes that ended with fatal results.

  • t dog
    t dog Month ago

    That why pilots make the big bucks.

  • teflonmagnet
    teflonmagnet Month ago

    Finally...a happy ending!

  • MoVon R
    MoVon R Month ago

    Breath taking 😥

  • Zolier
    Zolier 2 months ago

    That's why I rather walk

  • Don Trump
    Don Trump 2 months ago

    When a "pilot opens the isolation valve"...
    . . . . . . . what are the allowing or disallowing to happen?

  • ludovicoC
    ludovicoC 2 months ago

    Great channel! Watching these is more nerve-wracking than any Liam Neeson action movie!

  • Federico Paolo
    Federico Paolo 2 months ago

    As I was watching I got more and more anxious and was expecting a tragic end, but I feel so relieved. I cheered. Fantastic

  • RedneckSpaceMan
    RedneckSpaceMan 2 months ago

    Amazing work by the Pilots and Flight Engineer! Amazing work by the Flight Attendants! Great work and cooperation by the Passengers! Every single person on that plane was part of the Team!!
    Thank Goodness for the APU. On the old B29 Bombers, the APU was referred to as the "Putt-Putt"

  • Michael Harris
    Michael Harris 2 months ago

    Is there a way of not seeing the same video twice by mistake.

  • Pesto Johnston
    Pesto Johnston 2 months ago

    Love the videos please give more time for reading. Not much just a little. Thanks again!!

  • John Surguy
    John Surguy 2 months ago +1

    The pictures in the production hangers at the end of the vidio brought back alot of memories. I worked in Palmdale at Lockheed L-1011 assembly plant from 1972 - 1975. Loved the aircraft. I was 20 yrs old.

  • aguyandhiscomputer
    aguyandhiscomputer 2 months ago

    I wonder what a plane with no working engines sounds like.
    Actually, I hope I never find out.

    • aguyandhiscomputer
      aguyandhiscomputer 2 months ago

      +Don Trump
      Yeah, gotta be a weird feeling. Brain telling you there should be engine noises but you're not hearing any.

    • Don Trump
      Don Trump 2 months ago

      I dunno.... (lol) Probably something like a glider sounds like?

  • Sabrina Dugan
    Sabrina Dugan 2 months ago

    Again, these pilots Are amazing. They are a special breed of super human.

  • Timothy Kissinger
    Timothy Kissinger 2 months ago

    What's with these mechanics anymore?Seems when you watch some kind of plane disaster,hslf tbe time it's the mechanics fault.

  • Alexis LaRock
    Alexis LaRock 2 months ago

    Yay no one dies in this video lol

  • Toto Torre
    Toto Torre 2 months ago

    Where did you get the lockheed l-1011 tristar plane for xp11? Can you tell me what site?

  • taariqq
    taariqq 2 months ago

    Loved this aircraft. Flew lots of time on Saudia and once made a round trip on Eastern Airlines L-1011 from Miami to Santo Domingo.
    Thanks for sharing. This was a beautiful aircraft.

  • Pete_ Hine_Of_PA
    Pete_ Hine_Of_PA 2 months ago

    There are so many mistakes I don't know where to begin. Just an example, with a smoking engine there is danger of fire and the emergency shoots would of been deployed and the passengers disembarked right on the run-way and told to move as far from the plane as possible. Also fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles and staff would of been waiting at the end of the run-way. Once the single tail engine was started the other two would of been locked so they could not "windmill" thus slowing the jet down. There are many more mistakes, that's just a few of the more obvious.

  • M G
    M G 2 months ago

    If it ain't Boeing we ain't going
    Said the Eastern flight attendants

  • Peter Grant
    Peter Grant 2 months ago

    Redundancy is so important in maintenance procedures. A 5 cent o ring not installed can cost millions in lives and law suits. Hard to believe any certified aircraft mechanic doesn't double check his o rings before installing the chip detector. Plus a visual inspection by another party should happen. This crew did a great job bringing everyone home safely.

  • Lawrence Thom
    Lawrence Thom 2 months ago

    I love these videos
    They are addicting

  • Daivd Rothchild
    Daivd Rothchild 2 months ago

    Thank God the plane returnef with all passengers , kudos to the captain, as for those two mechanics they should be fired.

  • Illogic Math
    Illogic Math 2 months ago

    Those mechanics f***ING morons , thinking about chicks instead of concentrating on their work

  • michael garbett
    michael garbett 2 months ago

    Wish it wasnt computer generated

  • Rob Graham
    Rob Graham 2 months ago

    You know what's sad Eastern Airlines had only one fatal crash and it was because of operator error and I think it was flight 93 and basically what happened was there was a white that did not indicate that the landing gear was locked what's it was locked the engineer went down into what's it called the coffin room what year is a small Rim right behind the front landing gear Will turns out it was just a burned-out bulb well when the captain reached over to thump the the light to make sure it was just loose or whatever apparently his knee bump the yolk and there wasn't a Fail-Safe and there now so basically the pilot applied just in a pressure with just bumping the yolk to cause a plane to start losing altitude by the time he realized it it was too late then try to add power and pull out of it but they hit the Everglades swamp and everyone died instantly but no Delta's had multiple crashes and they're still in business really

  • mitch flynn
    mitch flynn 2 months ago +1

    Once again "management failed" Not surprising. In my experience the definition of "management" is as follows, overpaid, detached, and for the most part, totally useless individuals.

    • MrMus TangMan
      MrMus TangMan 2 months ago

      .....yep, you can tell management "we need to do it this way, sir" and they will say "no, do it my way"......

  • Victor PONCE
    Victor PONCE 2 months ago

    An act of GOD

  • JoM Squared Videos
    JoM Squared Videos 2 months ago

    Aren't O rings something that caused one of the space shuttles to explode? They seem too important to overlook or mishandle.

    • MrMus TangMan
      MrMus TangMan 2 months ago

      yes, the Challenger on January 28, 1986........

  • Dimas Perez
    Dimas Perez 3 months ago

    My dad was about 50 years old at the time.

  • Charles Foster
    Charles Foster 3 months ago

    This crew did a commendable job!! GOD was surely with them! I am a long time private pilot. During my many flights I had two forced landings in my personal aircraft immediately after engine maintenance was performed. In both cases the mechanics became distracted or left their work stations for a prolonged period of time only to return and fail to remember to tighten or safety wire key mechanical components. In one case, moments after take off, an oil seal service plug fell out because it wasn't even hand tightened, also no safety wire had been installed. The plug's falling out resulted in complete and instant loss of all oil and oil pressure. I got down safely with no harm to plane or pilot but the engine was fried and needed a very expensive major overhaul. The second occurrence was right after the airplane I owned underwent it's annual inspection. The mechanic failed to tighten the spark plugs. One spark plug blew out 1 hour after take off at roughly 1,000 feet altitude. Without that spark plug compression was lost to that engine cylinder shaking the engine violently, nearly out if it's mount. Fortunately some power could be maintained but I could not maintain altitude. I thought I would have to land on a narrow highway. But fate intervened as an airport was in range. I made it there just in time for a straight in landing from 400 feet high, way below normal pattern altitude. So it is clear that many crashes, crash landings or forced landings happen right after aircraft servicing by incompetent unprofessional mechanics. The mechanic involved in my first incident had 40 years experience and owned and managed the airport FBO. He would not pay for my engine damage. He was later killed in an accident. When my wife of 46 years had to fly to France overseas I wished I could find out if the airplane had just come out of service or inspection. The airlines should have to report that if you ask. I was a nervous wreck waiting to hear that my dear wife's flight made it safely. Then I went through all of it again worrying about her on the return flight. There is a lot of water between the USA and France. Thanks be to GOD that these people made it. Me too for that matter!! I agree that the mechanics and/or supervisors should have been held criminally liable in this case! That was gross negligence in the extreme! They never should have worked on all three engines in one session involving any airliner that flies over water (or land for that matter).

    • Hypercube Jones
      Hypercube Jones Month ago

      Unless God is a clown or a troll, if he were involved, the o-rings would not have been forgotten. Where is God when airliners actually do crash? Having a bathroom break?

  • Bryanjjhyytu Medina
    Bryanjjhyytu Medina 3 months ago

    How do you install something that clearly needs a gasket, without a gasket?!?
    I swear, they used to shave monkeys and throw them in those hangars to fix the planes back in the day.

  • Mike Murphy
    Mike Murphy 3 months ago

    Those pilots deserve a medal

  • Ronald Brandmayr, Jr.
    Ronald Brandmayr, Jr. 3 months ago

    Thank goodness poor grammar doesn't lead to plane crashes or we'd all be dead.

  • ignorecorporatenews
    ignorecorporatenews 3 months ago

    REALLY bad mechanics. What a**holes.

  • Chuck G
    Chuck G 3 months ago

    A true testament to the discipline, training, and skill of the flight crew ......... Purely professional!

  • Fakename70
    Fakename70 3 months ago

    I didn’t expect that happy ending! At least no one was killed in a crash.

  • Jennifer Rissetti
    Jennifer Rissetti 3 months ago

    is engine 2 considered the center engine on the tail?

  • Jason Ferguson
    Jason Ferguson 3 months ago


  • carole wilson
    carole wilson 3 months ago

    Qaamazimg flying

  • TallDark Handsome
    TallDark Handsome 3 months ago

    Man that was riveting! I thought for sure the plane was going down over the ocean. Kudos to all involved that were able to stay composed through it all. Well done.

  • Farra Elena
    Farra Elena 3 months ago

    Thank god engine 2 restarted. Phew!

  • The AViator
    The AViator 3 months ago

    Great pilotry made up for terrible maintenance. Another happy landing.

  • Aman Rehan
    Aman Rehan 3 months ago


  • wehoscott
    wehoscott 3 months ago

    In case anyone is wondering why Eastern went out of business. Pilot & co-pilot are heroes - hopefully they got good jobs at other airlines. The maintenance crew & EAL management deserved to lose their jobs.

  • fritzb43
    fritzb43 3 months ago

    And Eastern Airlines has been dead for a very long time now.

  • Hans C. Schellenberg
    Hans C. Schellenberg 3 months ago

    So an incompetent mechanic can eliminate all the redundancy on an aircraft. Swell.

  • Second Thought
    Second Thought 3 months ago +1

    The L1011 was a death trap!! During the 1980s I had to fly from DFW to Gatwick , London over a hundred times for my employer!! An eleven hour flight each way and had encountered numerous difficulties. On one fight for example we lost all electrical for ten minutes over Ireland!! I hate these dam planes! I actually quit my job because they would not let me fly into Heathrow in North London on a 747!!

    • Hypercube Jones
      Hypercube Jones Month ago

      There were so many incidents with DC-10s that it was hard to keep track.

  • Mystical Rose
    Mystical Rose 4 months ago

    Always an asshole or two somewhere to fuck things up.

  • hike oganessian
    hike oganessian 4 months ago

    thank God they landed safely..wonderful work to all involved. And brave passengers...

  • In Veritate Gloria
    In Veritate Gloria 4 months ago

    As someone who drives an Alfa Romeo 156 JTS 2.0, a 2004 model, I have great respect for motor oil. This wonderful car has failed me formidably so many times, forcing me to either capitulate and call road assistance, or try and endure tremendous vibrations for another 200 kilometers on the highway, feeling as if it will fall completely to pieces. Not just once...! (different parts) Not many women would dare to drive under such circumstances. :) That's what it is like to be a pilot. You must be capable of assessing dangerous situations, because you can't stop and check, or repair things, mid-air. If you can't handle the responsibility, you cannot be a pilot. - That said, it seemed a risky decision to fly back. I understand the dangers of landing with burning engine in a storm, however total failure and a long trip seems worse.

    • Hypercube Jones
      Hypercube Jones Month ago

      I dearly hope your car's passenger seat is never occupied by a living creature.

  • Wes McGee
    Wes McGee 4 months ago

    After 35 years my butt would still be puckered.

  • The Crow
    The Crow 4 months ago +8

    Was flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
    30 minutes after takeoff, the panel between the fuselage and left engine flew off.
    The pilot came back to the cabin area and kept looking at the engine area.
    Came on the intercom and said that the panel had fallen off, but there was no reason to land before getting to San Francisco.
    Needless to say, it was a very uneasy trip for the next 5 1/2 hours.
    There was a loud whistling noise for the remaining 5 1/2 hours.
    Thank God it all worked out.

    • Lisa S From Ohio
      Lisa S From Ohio Month ago

      Sounds damn scary to me. Glad you are here to talk about it.

    • TimePro
      TimePro 2 months ago +1

      The Length between the Outside and inside of the plane is Very huge. No need to worry

    • In Veritate Gloria
      In Veritate Gloria 4 months ago

      Quite! I think the decision to continue is preferable, even if the journey is filled with extreme anxiety. - Was once on a Cessna with 12 passengers, almost landing on the sandy beech on an island in Australia, because of the landing gear that had not retrieved properly. The pilot told us he was going to attempt to fix it manually. A couple of elderly ladies sat behind me, and didn't hear a word, partly because of the engine noise and partly because of the panic they felt. I convinced them that the pilot knew exactly what he was doing and everything was going to be fine, even if I was anxious myself. I was to return to Europe after a long time, and travelled with 60 kg luggage. Could just imagine the titles in the papers, the next day, should we have stranded on the island. The pilot had released the landing gear manually, but still didn't know if it was out properly - until we landed. Routine procedure, yet nerve wrecking.

  • fuffoon
    fuffoon 4 months ago

    3 parts replaced incorrectly for total failure is awful. I know that it's a difficult job but really it needs to be done right.

  • Malti Moto
    Malti Moto 4 months ago

    That was a close call!

  • Memo Musica
    Memo Musica 4 months ago

    Thumbs down

  • Mike Clark
    Mike Clark 4 months ago

    They got lucky, especially considering the Three Stooges were at the helm. I would have climbed as much as possible and gone straight to Nassau, weather or no weather. Clowns.

    • Hypercube Jones
      Hypercube Jones Month ago

      Then it's a good thing you weren't piloting the aircraft. Your strategy would likely have resulted in the death of all aboard.
      From the NTSB final report...."The captain and the check captain stated that the decision to return to Miami was influenced by the length of time required to land the airplane from its position about 50 miles west of Nassau. The weather report the flight engineer received from Nassau at 0912 indicated a 1,000-foot ceiling, with lower ceilings to the south and east, and thunderstorms to the north. Since the instrument approach to Nassau International Airport required navigating to the southeast of the airport, the captain could expect low-level flight in IFR conditions before landing. Additionally, since Nassau had no radar coverage, he could not be given radar vectors either around the traffic which had been reported ahead of him, or directly to the airport. The last two factors would have required additional low-level flight to complete the instrument approach at Nassau International Airport. On the other hand, the captain knew that he could make a straight-in, VFR approach at Miami. The captain said that after analyzing the options available, he determined that he would be able to land in less time by returning to Miami International Airport."

  • Classical Liberal Warrior

    Remind me to never fly Eastern!

    • Hypercube Jones
      Hypercube Jones Month ago

      We'll also remind you to never fly the Space Shuttle.

  • mweb1
    mweb1 4 months ago

    Crippled bird and those nasty O-rings again.

  • markissable
    markissable 4 months ago +3

    The bottom line is...we're at the mercy of these pilots, mechanics and faulty planes! it can happen at any time so.....let's just be grateful for these happy endings!

  • Charles H Geis IV
    Charles H Geis IV 4 months ago

    I love happy endings


    Glory to God.
    I have a question for the so called aviation experts👉WHY CAN'T ALL PLANES HAVE FOUR OR MORE ENGINES AND FLYING ON TWO THEN THE OTHER TWO FOR EMERGENCIES LIKE THIS.👉For how long will we continue hearing about "engine failure" in midair?!!!

  • loblg88
    loblg88 4 months ago

    Man if that second engine had not suddenly restarted. 😅😅

  • JetMechMA
    JetMechMA 4 months ago

    It is my understanding that this incident resulted in the establishment of ETOPs rules (Extended Twin-engine OPerations), for improving the reliability of twin engine aircraft on overwater flights, so that the same mechanic is not supposed to do work on both engines....making it highly unlikely that all three chip detectors would be improperly installed. I say "all three" chip detectors because the ETOPs standards have now been expanded to aircraft with more than two power plants.

  • Travis Linton
    Travis Linton 4 months ago

    Another happy landing. :)

  • Schism Circle
    Schism Circle 4 months ago

    Where's the cockpit recoding? Imagine the pilot's conversations!