Can a PASSENGER land a PLANE? Presented by CAPTAIN JOE

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    Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel. Today´s topic is one of the most ask passenger question, "Can a passenger land a plane?". There are so many rumours about this question, it´s just not true.
    So a few facts. My friend Carolin, has no connection to the aviation world besides from flying to holiday once in a while, obviously as a passenger.
    Now as soon as she sat down, the hardest part was establishing a communication between her and me, the ATC controller. Carolin was totally overwhelmed with all the switches and buttons, that it took nearly 20 minutes to find the push to talk button. In a real-life situation, if a plane does not respond within 20 minutes, fighter jets will be on their way intercepting the aeroplane as it causes a potential threat to national security, depending which land you´re flying across.
    Once communication was established, I had to give her instructions on how to set up the approach phase for an automatic landing, better known as AUTOLAND procedure. The AUTOLAND allows pilots to perform a fully automated landing in bad visual conditions, known as CAT3 approaches. More about that in future videos.
    Once the approach set up was completed, I had to give her instructions to familiarize with important levers and switches, such as the landing gear lever, the flaps, flight control computer and much more.
    Later I guided her via radar vectors towards the airport, constantly descending and reducing the speed accordingly.
    But see for yourself.
    My opinion if a passenger can land a plane. I´ll be honest with you! It´s impossible! We needed three attempts to just establish basic communication and Carolin accidentally brought the aircraft into a stall. Don´t ask how!
    And she was pretty nervous, although she knew it was a simulator. Imagine the anxiety in a real plane!?
    I know that there are many videos out there where apparently the passenger landed the plane, but all of the passengers had some kind of flying background. And the likelihood of both pilots being incapacitated is very unlikely.
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Comments • 12 393

  • Lassy
    Lassy 11 hours ago

    It’s so easy..... I will totally land it without instructions... bhahahahaha

  • Lassy
    Lassy 11 hours ago

    I am going to take this video with me whenever ai fly. Just in case😂😂😂

  • Jay Harter
    Jay Harter 12 hours ago

    I believe it is possible for a passenger to land a plane, with, of course, someone in the tower giving direction. I would like to think I could do it if I absolutely had to do so.

  • Gavlar HD
    Gavlar HD 12 hours ago

    Passengers won’t be able to land a plane XD

  • Stu Pid
    Stu Pid 15 hours ago

    Oui peut-être mais possiblement pas à l’endroit prévu à la base si la personne a qques notions sur comment faire ralentir l’avion sans perdre la portance et s’écraser😂😂😂

  • pizman82
    pizman82 Day ago

    Thats a interesting clip. there exist a lot of Videos about this question but all i see until now was complete unrealistic....
    Some are too easy ... Like Instructor seat on FO Seat and pointed with fingers on the switches, and aircraft was still on ILS when passenger come over.
    Others are to hard... Why shoul the passenger fly by hand or why should i guid him to a airport like Innsbruck in a thunderstorm ?
    So... Summary this video got a good point... whatever it can be make much more realistical.
    About Question:
    The Key situation is not if a passanger can land the aircraft. ... The question is: Can Commuication get start ? And if Yes is enough time/fuel left to do this.
    And thats why i´m say its NOT possible. The Push to talk button is not realy self explained. Whatever the frequency will be not actual if the Pilot is still "dead" since a longer time.
    A "noob" not know 121.5 Mhz. So thats the "ending point" in most cases.
    BUT: If you reach this step and can start talking to a ATC and i would say you have 2 Hrs or more fuel left ( Mostly you got it cause you will have 60 mins reserve also) i will say its 100% Possible.
    Sure the ATC can´t help you realy cause he never saw a cockpit from inside.... BUT he can guide a Pilot (same Typ of aircraft) to stay into your radio range and you can talk to a professional pilot all the time ( that seat in the same cockpittyp same time.)
    Finaly i will say those videos make to high requirements to the testing persons.... Why should i guid somebody via vectors ? Its much more easy to let him insert a STAR and a FINAL in the FMC...
    Also the guy must not reduce speed in multiple steps.... Only needed entry is Set ALT to IAF or lower and set SPD to VRef+5 (Boeing) .... Same with Flaps. In case of emergency you can set Flaps in 2 Steps from 0 to full ( it will not stall if you use Flaps to late at 170 for example ... and it will not burst if you set Flap Full with maby 180kt already.
    Other thing is he not need to wait for APPR. He can push it long in front
    You not need reverse trust .... In case of Emergency you will simply use AutoBrake MAX.
    Summary... In Real all would be done to help the guy and give him so less stress and workflow as possible. No thinking about procedures, rules or about protect helath of airplane.
    And then it´s possible.... Aslong you can controll a radio !

  • Matty Natural Horsemanship

    That actually didn't look to hard or to bad. The hardest part would be trying to figure out the communications and what walky-talky is which one. They have 2. 1 for the pilot to talk to the crew and another for ground crews and knowing which one may take time

  • Garth Algar
    Garth Algar Day ago

    ....landing a real plane is easier than an Android flight sim?! lol. I'm skeptical

  • johnrtrucker
    johnrtrucker Day ago

    Well to be honest a passenger can't land a plane using all automated stuff but if communications were set to the local control tower a passenger can land a plane manually using the flight stick flaps rudders thrust levers and brakes some passengers have before when the pilot had some emergency either health wise or an intruder got in the cabin and was able to be subdued but landing a plane on all auto is highly complex and that wouldn't be a thing to do in any kind of emergence I would think

  • 2005llyduramax
    2005llyduramax Day ago

    It may not be for everyone, but people that have played flight simulators, things might be a lot more familiar with where basic things are located in a standard aircraft,

  • Andrew Mckenna
    Andrew Mckenna Day ago

    Yes it would be possible for a passanger to land a plane, as the atc would assist like the pilot did, and if the person has had some flying experience, they would probably have an idea. I flew gliders, so I feel that I could do it.

  • brad hampton
    brad hampton Day ago

    very fun video to watch,

  • Stanley D. Williams

    This was cool. I loved it. And yeah, I'd do it...or try. LOL!

  • Dave Visone
    Dave Visone Day ago

    This would have been a much more accurate video if you weren't actually in the simulator with her. At one point, she pointed at a button and asked "That one?". You should have been outside and communicated via radio. Also, you were still using some terminology that maybe the 'passenger' trying to land a plane could have not known about. e.g Pulling the thrusters 'aft'.

  • Julie Gill
    Julie Gill 2 days ago

    I always knew it wouldn't be possible for someone who had not been trained to land a plane safely, but I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE the opportunity to have a go at what Caroline just did!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • artgoat
    artgoat 2 days ago

    Next would be to see if a Microsoft Flight Sim junkie with no FAA certs can land a plane.

  • Finders-Keepers
    Finders-Keepers 2 days ago

    The real question is.....Can the Pilot land the passenger?

  • Steve Hart
    Steve Hart 2 days ago


  • Kee-Meng Tan
    Kee-Meng Tan 2 days ago

    Lol 3:11

  • Gabriel Nogueira Tindó

    given the speed of an airplane, can a bird really avoid crashing against it once the bird notice it's color?

  • clifford yawn
    clifford yawn 2 days ago +1

    I can see a passenger flying the plane and asking the instructor if she can go around the airport just one more time!

  • clifford yawn
    clifford yawn 2 days ago +4

    OK my dear..there's a button that reads h..e..l...p Its got a picture of an airplane crashing. Now, I need you to press that button then grab that parachute in the spare seat and put it on. I believe you know what to do next.Where is Captain Sully when you need him? Y'all remember Captain Chelsey Sullenberger dontcha,? (MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON) Check it out on SNL on TVclip. Tom Hanks does a great rendition of Sully.

    HUNTER ROBBOTA 2 days ago +1

    A lot of panic

  • Snezana Suvajac
    Snezana Suvajac 2 days ago

    Good job

  • Fred Stiening
    Fred Stiening 2 days ago

    What a crock. The person in this situation would not have their advisor sitting where they can see the controls and would not know the current settings. The woman is not having the adrenaline rush of impending death. This is not radio transmissions with noise, having to switch frequencies, dealing with one direction communications, etc

  • Harith Annuar
    Harith Annuar 3 days ago

    I landed plane numerous times

    In gta

  • Rudyson Estanislao
    Rudyson Estanislao 3 days ago

    I want to experience it on the spot!

  • Rudyson Estanislao
    Rudyson Estanislao 3 days ago

    We can, but autopilot!

  • Army Dillow
    Army Dillow 3 days ago

    Odds are good there is a private pilot on the plane, anyway.

  • Amrit Parida
    Amrit Parida 3 days ago

    I want to fly a simulator. I am tired of flying my home built sim

  • navs ki
    navs ki 3 days ago

    Hmmm time to buy that flight simulator game

  • Gupta Enterprises
    Gupta Enterprises 3 days ago

    i am also a captain in air india

  • Michael Swanson
    Michael Swanson 3 days ago

    Considering if she can gain access to the cockpit AND the flight crew AND the flight attendants AND no other passenger is a pilot AND the radio is set to the right channel for the closest airport see what I'm getting at? In theory...yes

  • ElmerzGlew
    ElmerzGlew 3 days ago

    what about the crosswinds during landing?

  • Adam Vesely
    Adam Vesely 3 days ago

    Holy Shit...You FUCKING DID IT GIRL!! THANKS CaptainJoe! THANKS!

  • Marcus Schmück
    Marcus Schmück 4 days ago

    Good job! Now make me a sandwich! 😍

  • alphadawn2015 lennon

    i wanna go! i wanna go! i am so jealous lol. great vid

  • onewheeldrive Lin
    onewheeldrive Lin 4 days ago

    Pfff. Just tell me where is the park, reverse, and drive and I’m good.

  • MonkeyBusiness
    MonkeyBusiness 4 days ago

    it's a nonsense. so they show us a passenger landing a plane safely to demonstrate that it's impossible for a passenger to land a plane safely?? is this video all about showing off that "what I do is very complicated and nobody can do what I do" ?

  • Darious Dennis
    Darious Dennis 4 days ago

    Is difficult but she's so smart

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump 4 days ago

    Just press the autoland button

  • Puthiseyha Hok
    Puthiseyha Hok 4 days ago

    It’s an animation but the people is real

  • Shakila Sultana
    Shakila Sultana 4 days ago

    Captain Joe?? ok how to fly plane???????1!

  • star priyadharshini3

    I am became pilot but I don't have money please help me sir every one smiling me. Any one no support me please

  • rickcheyne
    rickcheyne 4 days ago

    Now the trick is to create a flight computer that automatically does all that button pushing. Eventually there will be just 2 buttons - GO and STOP.

  • Fred Johnson
    Fred Johnson 4 days ago


  • Riley Bateson
    Riley Bateson 4 days ago

    ‘’I’m definitely not a pilot”
    That’s what a pilot would want us to think

  • steve lawrence
    steve lawrence 4 days ago

    Hi Capt Joe i thought Capt Caro was marvelous she has given my confidence a massive boost, Tks Capt Caro when my time arrives,a mans confidence grows exponentially if a gal can do :)

  • padd13ear
    padd13ear 4 days ago

    Piece of cake, anyone could do it

  • Eman Emanrus
    Eman Emanrus 4 days ago

    Repeat the test with a Me.109! 😁

  • G. Bax
    G. Bax 5 days ago

    She didn't have her seat belt on......and the seat belt sign was on. WTF!

  • stelios louca
    stelios louca 5 days ago

    I would be like the cartoon dexters laboratory! OOOOH WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? And BOOM

  • Glyn Brain
    Glyn Brain 5 days ago

    It was more - "Can a passenger follow instructions?"

  • Ajib Supit
    Ajib Supit 5 days ago

    Pilot is just an overglorified driver.

  • Mr Chicken Is Dumb Hehehhe

    Its not a real plane.

  • re op
    re op 5 days ago

    Großartiges Video!

  • Marc Nielsen
    Marc Nielsen 5 days ago

    Munich does not have any CAT IIIc ILS, so the DH as "NO" is that for training porposes? Greetings Marc from Denmark😁😄

  • flow
    flow 5 days ago

    If both the pilots are incapacitated, your best bet is an actual pilot among the passengers or a flight sim player.

  • SteakFries69
    SteakFries69 5 days ago

    I need more videos captain joe!!!

  • Islam Elemary
    Islam Elemary 5 days ago

    Very Good

  • DIOSpeedDemon
    DIOSpeedDemon 5 days ago

    Ever been in a Turkish Prison..???

  • DIOSpeedDemon
    DIOSpeedDemon 5 days ago

    Stewardess- I can speak JIVE....

  • IAm Predator
    IAm Predator 5 days ago

    Can't we just use a Ps4 controller instead?

  • Moriano Fadero
    Moriano Fadero 6 days ago

    Answer is no

  • PinHead Larry
    PinHead Larry 6 days ago

    I think the flight crew would have a better knowledge of the controls than a passenger just from occasionally talking to pilots

  • ChavaShoshanah
    ChavaShoshanah 6 days ago

    Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?

  • Inu no Taisho
    Inu no Taisho 6 days ago

    It would be tense, but I could do it with someone in my ear helping. That said, anyone with ANY technical acumen should be able to handle it. It hinges on the ability to focus, take instructions, and to do things in sequence, all while remaining calm and on point. Not sure every flight would have someone like that, but if I or any of my closest friends were there, I'd be confident of getting home. (All assuming the plane was not on fire, and had all working landing gear.) Yeah. I'd do it, if I had to.

  • Adhzap
    Adhzap 6 days ago

    ive played eltie dangerous with a Joystick. just get slow and try to crash land it. :'D

  • Anzelmas Matutis
    Anzelmas Matutis 6 days ago

    500 ... 400 ... 300 ... 200 ... 100 ... 50,40,30,20,10... crash

  • Anzelmas Matutis
    Anzelmas Matutis 6 days ago

    There should be big button - ALLOW REMOTE CONTROL.

  • Dhruv Kumar
    Dhruv Kumar 6 days ago

    "tell me something about you"
    "well I'm definitely not a pilot" 😆

  • SW627
    SW627 6 days ago

    So......NO, you can't teach a passenger to land a plane, but you can tell them how to push the right buttons on the computer. They can fix themselves an "old fashioned" while it lands itself........I'm sure the captain has some booze stowed in the cockpit somewhere. :p

  • kyle jonas
    kyle jonas 6 days ago +6

    Joe: I will be your ATC controller today. I will be guiding you to Munich
    Her: *OK*

  • Tío Zorro del Valle

    I'm considering it's easier than passing the second level of Call of duty on PS4

  • fofocom4
    fofocom4 6 days ago

    so good

  • whoopdiddydo
    whoopdiddydo 6 days ago


  • Stealthy Fang
    Stealthy Fang 6 days ago

    TL:DR Kinda XD

  • safe at third
    safe at third 6 days ago

    Awesome I would like to do it man. Later

  • May création
    May création 6 days ago

    D’accord je viens de comprendre qu’il m’est arrivée un atterrissage Catastrophique une fois, où l’on a rebondit 5 fois sur le sol avant que l’avion ne roule normalement sur la piste... C’est chaud parce que même si j’ai vraiment prit l’avion un nombre incalculable de fois, et que ça n’était pas arrivé au par avant, je me suis dit que ça devait être normal mdr en tant que passager on est vraiment pas objectifs je comprend que les pilotes n’aiment pas que l’on applaudisse à l’atterrissage 😅

  • Richard Guernsey
    Richard Guernsey 6 days ago

    Sure if there's a pilot in the cabin. Next time try helping her from a remote location as though you were ATC talking to her over the intercom. Should be more realistic.

  • Anton lüthje
    Anton lüthje 6 days ago


  • joe zé
    joe zé 7 days ago

    Ez igen.

  • Michael Stokes
    Michael Stokes 7 days ago

    Great video! So as long as the passenger has communication with a pilot that knows the plane well it could be done. Though it would be nerve racking.

  • YanTube
    YanTube 7 days ago

    Haha, This woman is not a simple passenger she never saw, she landed very sure, if she went by ILS still will

  • YanTube
    YanTube 7 days ago

    As I am not a simple passenger, I could land because I know how to pilot the Boeing 737-800 is the Boeing 747-800 including turning the aircraft in cold and dark, I am not a professional pilot but I am Amateur pilot. This is it folks vlw

  • ken pumphrey
    ken pumphrey 7 days ago

    Airbus...they don't require a pilot, just need
    a programmer.

  • ravi kiran
    ravi kiran 7 days ago

    I really appreciate your effort for this Video. It is not possible to become a pilot with just one video but you'll understand what they deal with during Landing.

  • Josh Mg
    Josh Mg 7 days ago

    I think the passenger would be freaking out

  • Bryan Jude Fernandez

    12:52 shes high . her papi lights are two whites. landing looks hard but i think people will live

  • Krishnankutty T.K
    Krishnankutty T.K 7 days ago

    Tnx for the vedio

  • 133dave133
    133dave133 7 days ago

    I have a very basic understanding of flying, but I bet that I could land that plane if being coached through by ATC. I used to improperly fly planes all of the time, for many years on Microsoft Sims. I think that even having a basic understanding of what's going on would make a world of difference in that situation. With that being said, I know that I probably could not pull it off without full auto landing.

  • walshy
    walshy 7 days ago

    13:00. You’re welcome. I’ve wanted to try this in a simulator for a while.

  • ob-LIV-ious
    ob-LIV-ious 7 days ago

    how much adds are in this video

  • Jay Sanghrajka
    Jay Sanghrajka 7 days ago

    Excellent landing with Auto Pilot love to see more basic learning

  • LazyCreeper7 Lazy
    LazyCreeper7 Lazy 7 days ago

    Lol they take this much time to press all these buttons to land a plane yet on Infinite Flight all I do is put the landing gear down and put down the thrust, and I butter.

  • Laurie Delorme
    Laurie Delorme 7 days ago

    I’m not understanding. SHE LANDED THE PLANE!
    I took lessons and learned to land a smaller plane.very dif when you are in the air, scary yes
    But by goodness if its your life you do it.

  • Mububban23
    Mububban23 7 days ago

    I'm amazed at the level of automation. I had no idea the actual landing sequence was so "hands off." Which explains why I've read so many articles with old school pilots nearing retirement age being very worried about the lack of actual flying ability and feel for an aircraft amongst modern pilots who've only ever known automated systems. When the automation fails they have no clue what to do.

  • Mark D
    Mark D 7 days ago

    I didn't know this was so automated and radar guided. I could have done that with an IFR training hood. No runway line up, no hash marks to aim for. no flare for a controlled stall. CP3O could have done this.

  • v t
    v t 7 days ago

    I think it is inbossibol to land a psanger a plaien because it cloud crash

  • Bryan Embley
    Bryan Embley 7 days ago

    If you can disarm a bomb in "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes" then you could land a plane--so long as you have someone competent giving you instructions.