[REAL ATC] American B738 forced to land WITHOUT FLAPS AT JFK!


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  • VASAviation -
    VASAviation -  7 months ago +160

    Be advised this video was edited on 04/JAN/2018 with the old style radar simulation. At the present time, I'm editing videos with the real STARS Tracon format. Thanks!

    • cjr1881
      cjr1881 Month ago

      VASAviation -
      You suck dick. Nobody cares about your cartoon picture. Try transcribing the audio correctly or don’t post.

    • Jeffry Johnston
      Jeffry Johnston Month ago

      Transcription could use some work on this one. About half the sentences have errors.

    • JustAnotherGuy
      JustAnotherGuy 7 months ago +1

      elitemarksman89 I think we all got the point regardless of the verbage.

    • Nicholas Littlejohn
      Nicholas Littlejohn 7 months ago

      Tried to get the STARS operation manual..got something on pdf through search btw

  • Nose Picking Puddle Jumping Window Licker

    As an aircraft tech going on over 15 years I can tell you all the pilots trouble shooting was atrocious. He took way to long to realize the emergency and took way too long going through his trouble shooting book for a simple flap malfunction.

  • TonyTube407
    TonyTube407 3 days ago

    Spoiler alert at the start of your video. No point in watching now. LOL

  • socalsilver
    socalsilver 4 days ago

    Good stuff

  • Leifur Hákonarson
    Leifur Hákonarson 4 days ago

    Without knowing the scale it's obviously difficult to tell - but at around 2:25 that Shamrock 105 is at the same altitude (give or take a 100 feet), on an opposite heading and pretty close. I don't understand why the original controller didn't just turn him right 90° instead of letting him cross the final ....

  • M Dac
    M Dac 15 days ago

    14.5K? Not even an emergency.

  • Michael Taylors
    Michael Taylors 16 days ago

    Pilot was sharp . I’m not a pilot

  • Bernard Roman
    Bernard Roman 16 days ago

    Love how nice and collective the pilot of 1609

  • Clay Taylor
    Clay Taylor 20 days ago

    He sounds almost happy, like a kid whose been given his first car and wants to go “fast”

  • gk10002000
    gk10002000 22 days ago

    He may not necessarily have hot brakes. He could have done a degraded braking landing and just had longer rollout.

  • gk10002000
    gk10002000 22 days ago

    the pilot so no leading or trailing edge control, so the title of the video should say no flaps or slats (leading edge)

  • Shaofu Chang
    Shaofu Chang 24 days ago

    I take it they are calling the pumper in cause the brakes overheat? Landing with flaps isn't terribly complicated but the plane will have a LOT of energy to get rid of. long enough runway and it should glide in , otherwise quite a bit of energy would be going into the brakes.

  • Flynn Livescmd
    Flynn Livescmd 25 days ago

    Thats me yelling in the background at 3:37

    Not really i just want to be apart of things :/

  • Magestic
    Magestic 25 days ago

    The absolute calm & professionalism of the pilot is incredible. ATC did an outstanding job as well. Thank you for this, makes me feel even safer flying than I already did (and that was pretty safe to begin with). It would be an absolute dream of a lifetime to be able to sit in the cockpit for an entire flight OMG! I could literally die then as my life would be complete! 😇

  • Dubious
    Dubious 28 days ago

    So boring when everything goes as planned..

  • Durtee Diaperz
    Durtee Diaperz Month ago

    I kept my fingers crossed to hear Kennedy Steve. My priorities are terrible.

  • Aarow Thomas
    Aarow Thomas Month ago

    This is why it is so important to bring extra fuel, if they didn’t have 1:30 left things would be a lot more hectic.

  • Religious Commentor

    God bless those guys! I did not know that passengers are called souls. Hmmmmmmmm

  • Grant Carter-Brown
    Grant Carter-Brown Month ago

    It's great to hear the pilot using humor in placed to diffuse tension.. any emergency is a very tense situation, by helping to diffuse the tension he is helping by reducing the classic "human factor" problems

  • KirkyandKa Sunways
    KirkyandKa Sunways Month ago

    I was expecting something a little more interesting like some footage of the plane landing. Anyhow good to see they made it down OK. All sounded very professional.

  • Osmone Everony
    Osmone Everony Month ago

    Isn't there any video footage where we can actually SEE that landing for real?

  • Bjarne Nilsson
    Bjarne Nilsson Month ago

    Nice video as allways, thsnk you. aome question tho, why do ground vihekles allways wave so nosy audio, bad radios, bad mics or some other reasob? Woops that sounded like a complaint, it was not intended to but my knolage about airport opperations is severly limited (my fault) so I just found it a bit strange as I would thing evrything resnable would be downe to reduce unesecery strain for the controllers that en up talking a decent amount to ground viheckes

  • Mark Holmes
    Mark Holmes Month ago

    I thought Lufthansa 400 couldn't land at JFK last time lol. Something about being too heavy for runway 22 while it was wet.

  • Mark of Excellence
    Mark of Excellence Month ago +1

    What an AWESOME set of pilots!

  • Brian D.
    Brian D. Month ago +2

    It's reassuring to know that we have such well-trained individuals in charge of our safety in such a potentially dangerous situation (in most cases). The pilot not only stayed cool and clam, but also kept his sense of humor. . .

  • Giodanni Victor
    Giodanni Victor Month ago

    I will be watching... So will I !!!
    Man pilot's and ATC job at it's finest !!!

  • Dev B
    Dev B Month ago +1

    Spectacular poise and professionalism

  • Daniel Haslam
    Daniel Haslam Month ago

    7:29 - 7:42 With the callsign incident, had those 13 seconds of miscommunication happened in a much more dire point in time the impacts could have been quite serious to say the least. Callsign tracking should be nearer the centerpoint of innovation to prevent such things from happening again.

  • Scott Brownlie
    Scott Brownlie Month ago

    How many different people does the pilot have to talk to when landing somewhere ?
    Approach, Final, Tower, Ground, Ramp ???

  • Choff C
    Choff C Month ago

    That is called EXECUTION

  • welshpete12
    welshpete12 Month ago

    A remarkable recording , and the crew so clam and collected ! I just worked out the fuel burn . If that plane was a 4 engine aircraft which I think it was , It works out at 19 lbs of fuel per engine per minute !

  • KHop_YT
    KHop_YT 2 months ago

    Hmm B738?? New plane? Nah, I know it was a spelling mistake

  • JetMechMA
    JetMechMA 2 months ago

    Must have been a flap asymmetry issue because they have an electric alternate flaps motor they could have used. But they wouldn't use the alternate system if they had a warning of flap/slat asymmetry. Seems like a relatively rare event.

  • Dheeraj Lalwani
    Dheeraj Lalwani 2 months ago

    Love the pilot’s attitude and professionalism here

  • Tyler Williamson
    Tyler Williamson 2 months ago +7

    We've got clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's your vector, Victor?

    • Brian Arbenz
      Brian Arbenz 13 days ago

      +Simon Brunner Municipal bonds, Simon! The safest investment in America!

    • Simon Brunner
      Simon Brunner 22 days ago +1

      Enough with the Airplane! comments already. That was an entirely different kind of emergency, altogether!

    • Tyler Williamson
      Tyler Williamson 2 months ago +3

      Obviously doesnt speak Jive

    • Brian Arbenz
      Brian Arbenz 2 months ago +2

      I think that was the greatest post, but my Dad said you didn't work hard enough on it.

  • magellanmax
    magellanmax 2 months ago

    No video of that landing?

  • Anvilshock
    Anvilshock 2 months ago

    5:12 - "Wheewheewhee, I want my fuel in pounds" - Ass-backwards tosser.

  • PutinKills
    PutinKills 2 months ago

    I never use flaps when I play flight simulator, no problem

  • Lynne R
    Lynne R 2 months ago

    I'm wondering if this is the runway I landed on one day in 1987. We were supposed to land at LaGuardia but had landing gear problems that started at takeoff. The gear wouldn't retract. When it finally did, I wondered if it would come back out for landing. It didn't at first. The pilot told us we were being diverted to JFK because we needed an extra long runway to stop the plane. Everyone was freaking out. Sure enough, it took the whole runway to stop the plane. There was smell of burning inside the plane. All kinds of emergency vehicles were there. Everyone cheered, cried and clapped when the plane finally stopped.

  • Philscbx
    Philscbx 2 months ago

    I'll bet, Actually flying it to the ground, vs flaps,, no one felt the gear touch.

  • Michael hi
    Michael hi 2 months ago

    "We'll be the fastest Boeing 737 landing you've seen in a long time" Lol atleast the captain still has a sense of humor despite the situation theyre in

  • Dusty Rusty
    Dusty Rusty 2 months ago

    That first officer must have ice water running through him to remain as calm and collected as he was. Also, his sense of humor was terrific. Kudo's to the flight crew and ATC personnel.

  • LA2047
    LA2047 2 months ago

    Holy crap how do those ATCs keep track of all that movement. A whole new respect, now that I've seen all the moving parts.

  • F Huber
    F Huber 2 months ago

    Probably wore out a set of tires....
    Which is just fine.

  • Kobe Wild
    Kobe Wild 2 months ago

    speed 190k so a space shuttle landing.

  • daniel scanlan
    daniel scanlan 2 months ago

    You came this far now GTFO the runway!

  • budgiebreder
    budgiebreder 2 months ago

    The pilot seems like a jokester even in a bad situation. 5:33 - tone is kinda “o crap - this sucks, but heres your info”

  • Greasy nPoor
    Greasy nPoor 2 months ago


  • Conor Mc Kernan
    Conor Mc Kernan 2 months ago

    "This will be the fastest '737' landing ever." ATC: "We'll be watching" Pilot: "So will I" LOL Great sense of humour lol

  • Gildo Boknoy Lee Destreza Jr

    Are they landing with an ILS?

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  2 months ago +2

      In this kind of situations it is preferrable to handfly the aircraft and feel it. That way you know how the aircraft is behaving on that "flap up" situation.

  • Sabrina Baran
    Sabrina Baran 2 months ago +3

    The pilot was so calm. This is the fastest landing you've seen in awhile! And the controller like I'll be watching the pilot "Me too!"

  • Tw0eY
    Tw0eY 2 months ago

    these guys are too cool under pressure

  • Scott Forney
    Scott Forney 2 months ago

    What do you tell the passengers in this scenario?

  • Taekwondo Time
    Taekwondo Time 3 months ago

    Do you think the passengers were notified? ie: Emergency landing, brace for impact? Or do you think the pilot landed the plane without the passengers knowing anything was wrong?

  • unapro3
    unapro3 3 months ago

    Not sure why you would want to stop on a runway and risk closing it down. Worst thing fro hot brakes is a stationary A/C. The best option would have been to turn off onto a taxiway that wouldn't cause congestion and then have everything checked over. Captain was being a bit over dramatic and a bit of a diva me thinks.

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  3 months ago

      Do you know what landing with flaps up mean?

  • Flight Sensei
    Flight Sensei 3 months ago

    This com should be used in training as an example of how it's done. Situation and plan clear as a whistle!

  • Bipin Gurung
    Bipin Gurung 3 months ago

    It's 3 am

  • Samuel Robinson
    Samuel Robinson 3 months ago

    I wish ATC nets always came through this clearly

  • voci ferus
    voci ferus 3 months ago

    Did I miss something from the world of aviation? A Boeing 738?

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  3 months ago

      The channel has turned into a more professional level since last year. I want people to learn. You asked "A Boeing 738?". I answered "yeah. Boeing B738" and you - without knowledge - told me "Boeing 738 has never existed and does not exist.". Then, first learn then debate ;)

    • voci ferus
      voci ferus 3 months ago

      Fair enough. I just didn't know that your videos were made exclusively for that select group of people who know by heart the ICAO codes for each aircraft type. So when you will upload a video with a title saying that "A B78X just landed", we will understand that a Boeing 787-10 has just landed. And why not, since you'll never hear members of the flying public say to each other "Hey I'm flying on a 787". Nah, what they say is "Look at that nice B78X". Anyway, many thanks for the education.

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  3 months ago

      B738 is the ICAO code for B737-800. You better learn instead of saying someone is wrong.

    • voci ferus
      voci ferus 3 months ago

      Boeing 738 has never existed and does not exist. But Boeing 737-800 does exist. The video itself confirms your mistake.

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  3 months ago

      I think you missed something, yeah. Boeing B738 :D

  • Mike CorLeoné
    Mike CorLeoné 3 months ago

    Someone needs to find and post the landing video...

  • Vince McKenzie
    Vince McKenzie 3 months ago +2

    I love how calm and professional these people are.....from pilot to atc to ground crew......well done!!!!!!

  • CJdude22
    CJdude22 3 months ago

    How the tower and flight crew handle a situation like this never ceases to amaze me, provided it's done right, and done professionally. I seem to recall a series of communications between ATC and a rather rude pilot. Said pilot wanted a particular runway, ATC said no....you have THIS runway. The aircraft then declared an emergency for no other reason than wanting (and getting) their chosen runway.
    Should ATC have held JBU short of the runway? Maybe, maybe not. It's a judgement call. Obviously the safe landing of AAL1609 took priority over everything else. You don't hear it but you do see other traffic cleanly swept out of the way. Once an emergency is declared, the PIC has the authority and priority. On the same token, ATC still has an airport to run. AAL1609 already had a plan in place and communicated to ATC for a missed approach. If the JBU had a takeoff difficulty, AAL1609 would still get plenty of warning to effect the missed approach and had a comfortable fuel cushion to go around and set back up.
    The cockpit reported no obvious problems besides the failure of the lift devices on the leading and trailing edges. I'm sure the 20-30 minutes they spent working their checklists would have at least hinted at more if there were additional problems, as the checklists are designed to either indicate or rule out potential problems. Engine failures, hydraulic failures, electrical failures, smoke in the cockpit/cabin, damage to the aircraft, suspected fire, partial incapacitation of the flight crew....each of these would require its' own unique process. I think given the set of circumstances, the PIC and ATC made all the right calls. But, like anyone else, that's my opinion. What matters is everyone went home safe, in the end.

  • Jurq Studio
    Jurq Studio 3 months ago

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  • t0nyc0nde
    t0nyc0nde 3 months ago

    Kennedy tower was pretty much unintelligible much of the time. Jeez.

  • Darren-Edward Oneill
    Darren-Edward Oneill 3 months ago

    To lose flaps and slats completely is insanely rare especially on a newer bus like the 738, well handled all round.

  • John Smythe
    John Smythe 3 months ago

    The controller had them turn several times. That seems like a lot of distraction, since the crew must have been quite busy working through the "what to do when flaps don't deploy" checklist. I suppose one pilot did the flying and radio calls while the other did the checklist. Thank you for the radar view; it is interesting to see how much other traffic is departing or arriving through the entire incident.

  • X Plane Media
    X Plane Media 3 months ago +2

    Haha I love the humour. Good vid. Glad everyone was safe

  • JetWireBox '
    JetWireBox ' 3 months ago

    Did you mean B737

  • Alan Jackson
    Alan Jackson 4 months ago

    I love the calmness and humour of this pilot... Sure he doesn't have English blood in there ha ha. Good job.

  • Alan Jackson
    Alan Jackson 4 months ago

    I don't know if some of these types videos edited but the ATC always seem to ask pilots more questions when they know that the pilot's will be running through check lists.

    ERAUPRCWA 4 months ago

    I teach my students how to do this all the time. There's such a major misunderstanding with the use of flaps, that when you don't have them, we assume that we can't slow down, which isn't the purpose of them.

  • 4 ohm
    4 ohm 4 months ago

    Great communication

  • Melissa Johnson
    Melissa Johnson 4 months ago

    Oh I see..pilot got jokes

  • kingssuck06
    kingssuck06 4 months ago +18

    Just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you

    • Brian Arbenz
      Brian Arbenz 2 months ago

      Shouldn't have had the fish!

    • unapro3
      unapro3 3 months ago +2

      "looks like i picked the wrong week to quit smoking"

  • ThreeGhost
    ThreeGhost 4 months ago

    must say that pilot is one funny guy in that situation.

  • Ergzay
    Ergzay 4 months ago

    The callsign wasn't wrong. You're just hearing it wrong.

  • jappie jappo
    jappie jappo 4 months ago

    over 180 kt wtf!

  • Kenneth Axi
    Kenneth Axi 4 months ago

    Tower: "I'll be watching"... Pilot: "So will I!" LMAO!

  • TechTog
    TechTog 4 months ago

    High speed landing on a very long runway, a good pilot, no big deal.

  • Space Jam
    Space Jam 4 months ago

    he handled it very well

  • Svelix
    Svelix 4 months ago

    Professionals at work.

  • Waterburner Zero Six
    Waterburner Zero Six 4 months ago

    Being an ole Salt, Ive been chauferred around this ole globe by both Coml & Mil crews, I have to say there was nothing there that was anything but absolute professionalism by All Concerned. You can tell they received training in successfully bringing this type of evolution to a safe and as nominal conclusion as can be expected.
    I was impressed. And it was the Flt Crew, Tower & Emer personnel that impressed, not my finger in my cheek!

  • Cali Man
    Cali Man 4 months ago

    I land without flaps all the time... on X-plane haha

  • Austin Swick
    Austin Swick 4 months ago

    In the event that the airport didn't have a runway long enough to be sure they could accommodate a landing like this, are the pilots allowed to use max reverse thrust? I know most airports have an RT limit so I'm just curious if that's ignored during emergency

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  4 months ago +1

      Of course! If you're an emergency, you can do "whatever" you need to do.
      PS: Whatever in commas is you can as long as you don't put anyone else in danger.

  • essel23fly
    essel23fly 5 months ago

    The CA needs to slap his FO and tell him to focus instead of making jokes.

  • Air Cargo
    Air Cargo 5 months ago


  • johnnybikesalot
    johnnybikesalot 5 months ago

    So what's a normal landing speed for this plane? And what did it land at?

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  5 months ago

      About 40 knots slower than the speed they did here.

  • Michael T
    Michael T 5 months ago

    Commerical Pilots and Co-Pilots are Demi-Gods!

  • Sagittarius Alpha
    Sagittarius Alpha 5 months ago +2

    Professionals at work !

  • M. Rohde
    M. Rohde 5 months ago +2

    "We'll be watching"..... "so will I". 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Sam Iacullo
    Sam Iacullo 5 months ago

    I have a bit of an addition/correction to the transcript.
    At 10:18 Car 99 "As far as I - where I'm at, I don't see any leak. It's being inspected right now, so I'll keep you posted."
    At 10:27 JFK TOWER: "Ok, rodger, thank you."
    At 10:33 "Rescue One to American?"
    At 10:37 T1 "Yeah, you're gonna have hot brakes, obviously, 'cause of the no flaps. So, we're gonna follow you back to the gate, if you can taxi it under your own power."
    At 11:00 Car 99: "I'm just gonna follow the aircraft off the runway and make sure that all vehicles are clear, then I'll give it back.

  • Harry
    Harry 5 months ago

    *Forgets the callsign two times of an aircraft in distress* 7:30

    • julpergon
      julpergon 5 months ago

      Also the pilot has to answer questions they forgot to ask.
      At 3:16, is the pilot avoiding traffic and deciding alone to go back down to 3000?
      I'm sorry, I dont know anything about aviation, but the tower doesn't sound here as professional as him, they seem to be sleeping to me.

  • sophia paflas
    sophia paflas 5 months ago

    Anyone know what MEALS means? just curious

  • Little Blitz
    Little Blitz 6 months ago

    Controllers usually want fuel in pounds, so why don't th pilots just do that to begin with? It would save a repeat, no?

    • VASAviation -
      VASAviation -  6 months ago +1

      Sometimes they want it in time to have an idea of the endurance of the aircraft.

  • Peizxcv
    Peizxcv 6 months ago

    A lot of issues with Boeings lately. Engine explosion, window out of frame and this

  • southpakrules
    southpakrules 6 months ago

    Well, you know the drill. Boeing again...And just to be clear, i love both airbus & boeing and great to have around. But i do not understand the flak airbus gets at every single incident they have & the immediate "boeing is better" remark. No. No one is better. They are both good & safe and i happily fly with both of them all the time.

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith 6 months ago

    forced? not much choice

  • Brian Leland
    Brian Leland 6 months ago

    "I'll give your runway back" 😂😂