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 • 14 317

  • Furkan Yıldırım_Pro

    what a idiot. what do you think you are bitch

  • TheHainDit
    TheHainDit Day ago

    *9/11 simulator* NOW ONLINE!

  • Maher Abuattiyah

    No, you must call ginny.

  • Acc 1
    Acc 1 Day ago

    Just make sure its not a woman

  • Jesse O'Connor
    Jesse O'Connor 2 days ago

    welp, i hope that i never have to face is situtation because if i had to land it i would be in the back panicking. kinda makes me wanna take classes just in case. where can i take classes! going to greece in the fall and im a bit panicked hahah

  • Kenneth Kline
    Kenneth Kline 2 days ago

    So, she shows us why a woman passanger cant land a plane, ah hahahahaha!!!

  • Vinivin
    Vinivin 2 days ago

    Jesus this video won't stop showing up in my suggestions. I am so not into it. Leave me alone, vile video.

  • Prophet
    Prophet 2 days ago

    Well a gamer would do it I mean it 😜

  • twilight sparkle
    twilight sparkle 2 days ago


  • Vladimir Skoric
    Vladimir Skoric 2 days ago

    this video made me realize that the speed option is very useful, @1.75
    Thank you

  • Zero Dark3RT
    Zero Dark3RT 2 days ago

    I fly Rc jets and watch a bunch of TVclip videos of pilots landing. Put me in coach

  • Tam Bell
    Tam Bell 2 days ago

    I’d definitely have a go if necessary ! Rather than fly til it ran out of Kero! 🤗🤗

  • Anna De La Strange
    Anna De La Strange 2 days ago

    I have seen a vid of a guy who was flying a cessna with his pilot buddy and the pilot died. With copius amounts of assistance from tower and military he was able to make an emergency landing. The grass to tge side of the runway got a nice trim, but the point was that he made it down alive. Now i know a cessna is far simpler than say a 737 but if the passanger is familiar with instrumentation and with proper guidance, in theory, a passanger could put a plane on the may be a real rough landing, but a landing nonetheless

  • Thor Planet
    Thor Planet 2 days ago

    I would do manual landing it's much easier

  • R0gue0ne
    R0gue0ne 2 days ago

    All that shit should be able to be remotely done by a pilot on the ground as a redundancy. Surprised they haven't implemented that already given the drone tech available.

  • Hyperion65
    Hyperion65 3 days ago

    I could do it.I would just need a keyboard and a mouse.

  • albertTM
    albertTM 3 days ago

    you should teach air hostess at least how to land the plane in emergency situations

  • John Skiba
    John Skiba 3 days ago

    I agree with the woman...A passenger may not be able to land a plane. It will be up to the individual.

  • Motor lover
    Motor lover 3 days ago

    Sorry Joe but an ATC is not a pilot like you... I think that in a real situation a passenger can´t land a plane

  • Young Frankenstein
    Young Frankenstein 3 days ago

    *"Does anyone aboard have any flight experience?"*
    *Entire passenger compartment simultaneously shits pants, screams, and vomits.*
    *Plane crashes into elementary school.*
    *Retired Delta Airlines pilot dies confused in a 2'x2' crapper.*

  • kailas siva sindhya
    kailas siva sindhya 3 days ago

    The Answer is NO

  • Riding TusCanY
    Riding TusCanY 3 days ago

    I think that is actually possible... I mean, if the airplane has no failures like in this example, if the passenger is able to maintaine selfcontrol in a real situation where if you don't do anything you'll die 100% sure, then you find abilities and skills that you never thought to have. Of course the lady in the videos says it's way too complicated, but she's sitting in a simulator, she's not really risking to die. It's correct that the main problem is to establish comunications with the ground and to maintaine them, done that I'm sure that if I sit in the place of the pilot and I'm really risking to die if I'm doing nothing, then I'm sure I'll try and likely succeed in landing

  • Bill Petterson
    Bill Petterson 3 days ago

    Can't the tower just remote in and fly the aircraft from the ground? Wouldn't that be the preferred option in an emergency (also in terrorist situations and the like?) Seems better then asking a layman overweight passenger in aisle 20d to come up.

  • FunWithPaul
    FunWithPaul 3 days ago

    If you are "Captain Joe", why do you only have 3 stripes???

  • FunWithPaul
    FunWithPaul 3 days ago

    Short answer. No.
    I had a flight attendant ask me "which button do I push to land the plane?"
    I answered, "The plane will auto-land, IF everything is programmed correctly, the plane is on the approach, and the flaps and gear are extended at the correct time. But there is no autoland button."
    She said, "Oh no, they told me it is so easy, even I could do it"
    I said "They lied. No, you couldn't"
    She said "Well what would happen if you both died?"
    I answered "You would too."

  • NismoFury
    NismoFury 3 days ago

    No it is not possible. Pray you fly in a big enough plane with guidance control. They take off and land themselves.

  • Guero Rodriguez
    Guero Rodriguez 4 days ago

    Yeah just look up how to land 747 on TVclip and land it! Being a milineal is so easy

  • sherry snyder
    sherry snyder 4 days ago

    What happened to the F/O? Didn't he get sucked out of that hole where the other airplane hit us on the RH side of the cockpit?

  • Paul
    Paul 4 days ago +2

    Propoganda. It's only the conservatism of the flying public that stops airlines saving money by doing away with pilots altogether. O'Leary is a cretin but he has a point. A computer literate child is capable of flying a modern jet. I know I've set myself up for a thorough backlash but every profession has its value. It's conspicuous how suddenly pilots have become radical and are now striking. 30 years ago they were all right wing "me first" types. Now suddenly a pilot is little more than a systems monitor. Incidentally, my uncle was a senior training captain for a major airline. Now retired. You dreamers watching this bullshit propaganda need to get out more.

  • zasachnas
    zasachnas 4 days ago

    even tough she managed to guide the plane with your aid, i can clearly see why it would be impossible for a passenger to land the plane. I love this video, because it just shows how crazy difficult landing even with nice weather on auto pilot can be, it is crazy

  • Nicholas Lee
    Nicholas Lee 4 days ago

    So basically, all the actual "flying" is totally automated, and the only thing preventing a passenger from successfully landing the plane is simply the terrible user interface design of the controls.
    If the user interface was intuitive then (for this particular aircraft) landing it wouldn't require any training or flying skills. They really ought to address this shortcoming.

  • Sean C
    Sean C 5 days ago

    The complexity of a pilots job is largely due to all the safety and security regulations and checks that go with it, rather than the actual mechanics of just putting the plane down on the ground. Can an untrained passenger land the way a pilot MUST, absolutely not. But in crisis with no alternatives, an experienced pilot giving clear and direct instructions that are STRICTLY the absolute minimum to physically land the plane as expediently as possible, then a moderately intelligent (who can follow instruction and isn't a moron) person who keeps calm and does what they're told should absolutely be able to get that plane put down on the ground safely......

  • Manjit Singh
    Manjit Singh 5 days ago

    It is a different feeling to watch someone flying a plane 🤘

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  • Faker 357
    Faker 357 5 days ago

    Great job

  • juric mark
    juric mark 5 days ago

    I am also land a plane

  • Aircraft Planet 1998

    It would be Complicated
    Depends wich Person would be flying

  • Antonio Perez
    Antonio Perez 5 days ago

    I recall the quote Charles Lindbergh said regarding flying-"It's like driving a car; only easier"....
    Well now, Lindy, try flying one of these!!!

  • Andrew Steel
    Andrew Steel 5 days ago +5

    There need to be a panic system installed Incase of emergency. Automatically connects you to the ground. Something that can be accessed from the passenger compartments. The ground attempts to contact pilot. If no reply . The ground crew takes over and lands the plane not requiring anyone in the cockpit. Sort of drone control.
    As a fail safe if a passenger pushes the emergency panic when there is no emergency then of course they are just in trouble when they land.

    • Kevin G
      Kevin G Day ago

      In the end there is no need for this. This happen way to rarely to try and develop/implement such a system which could possibly be hacked somehow.

    • Matthew Creasey
      Matthew Creasey 2 days ago +1

      There definitely are a number of attack vectors for such a system, like the coordinated control attempt, but in reality, there are much easier ways for someone to cause a problem on board if that's what they wanted to do.
      While you can send commands all you want, if the radio is off they do nothing, it's not as though the system would be capturing them and storing them for later execution.
      There are just not enough events such a system would be useful for.

    • Steven Byrne
      Steven Byrne 2 days ago

      +Matthew Creasey Multiple points with that though, 1) residual power should be mitigated by draining the device after use and not giving power in the first place (would make quality control a pain though as each flight the devices would have to be inspected to some degree sense it wouldn't be reporting if it's working or not). Just because the radio isn't running doesn't mean you can't send it commands, you can still call a cell phone that is off, it just won't know about it until it turns on, which brings me to the biggest number 2 concern, 2) an on-board attack forcing remote command to be enabled, then a timed attack hijacks the signal once on and flies the plane wherever it shouldn't go. The system is only as secure as it is in it's weakest state.
      As for cost, Beoing spends literally billions every year on nothing but cyber security, both from the network view point and the firmware hardware standpoint and testing. Its one cost among others. The devices would have to mitigate cyber risks, mitigate hardware failure when its needed, be added and implemented to new and existing ATTC towers, tested with edge cases, weather variance, environmental conditions and so forth, probably require more personnel training on how to use it, and defend against rogue devices acting as their own ATTC remote, plus securing the ATTC authentic remote. All in all, I'd presume extra billions of dollars, for what gain? Planes have two pilots, what are the odds both are incapacitated without the rest of the passengers being dead or equally incapacitated? Honestly I can't remember the last time a plane crashed due to not having a pilot, normally its hardware failure, which these devices would both not mitigate and be susceptible itself.
      As an add on point, if the goal was to crash the plane, I'd suspect a jamming device could --comparatively-- easily be manufactured to block the signal, even satellite could be interrupted with a powerful Ddos

    • Matthew Creasey
      Matthew Creasey 2 days ago

      The remote system could be run through by a separate radio/s that would be powered up when the system was turned on. If the radios are not running, you can't really send them any commands, and keep in mind residual power isn't likely unless they have been powered up recently.

      The real problem with costs isn't security. It is with the testing and development required for a safe from the ground control system in the first place. The number of incidents probably don't justify the cost at the moment.

    • Steven Byrne
      Steven Byrne 2 days ago +1

      +Matthew Creasey I never said it shouldn't be built because it could be hacked, just that it still could. Every system is "unhackable" until someone breaks it. For instance, as you pointed out with a computer unplugged from the wall, onboard PSU (either smuggled on hardware devices) or, for instance on a PC the CMOS battery or transistors in the PSU do hold power, that power could be accessed. Virtually all circuit boards hold resistors and capacitors which hold power for seconds, minutes or even hours after turned off and completely removed from their power source. Another sub point would be if such a system existed either its used would be mitigated by not being easily accessible or risk would be increased by making it easily accessible and allowing someone on board to break into it and connect a foreign device.
      The risk can most likely be mitigated, I mean, hell, most of our power grid could be hacked into (and one nuclear power plan once was, and that was a truly isolated or "air gapped" computer that someone plugged a USB into) but attackers will always take the path of least resistance with highest rewards, it is still easier to make a rice-cooker bomb than it is to learn to fly a plane as is, let alone fly, hijack and break into a planes' security system...
      I think the cyber risk absolutely can be mitigated to acceptable levels, if the manufacture puts in the money, pen-testing time, and open sources their firmware and hardware specs. Problem is, this massively increases cost of production and lowers profit margins, which tends to result in cut corners. Sadly when the budget is up for review security is the first thing to get cut.

  • Bob Oliver
    Bob Oliver 5 days ago +8

    I can only talk jive.

  • John Kennedy
    John Kennedy 5 days ago +1

    How would a passenger even get into the cockpit ??? (with all the security locks etc)

  • Vscape Pro Landscaping

    "Of course it's difficult, coming in low is part of every textbook approach- it's just something you have to do... when you land."

  • Τάσος Περόγλου

    To save you time... No he can’t! The end!

    Btw great video.

  • Tony Evangelous
    Tony Evangelous 6 days ago

    That was excellent and I loved this video!

  • Jaroslav Kralcak
    Jaroslav Kralcak 6 days ago

    Good Flight Simulator. The passenger need not even attached either.

  • Stephen Marks
    Stephen Marks 6 days ago +1

    The one with the little blue thingy on it, LOL, that would be me

  • Buck Rogers
    Buck Rogers 6 days ago

    I'd would have liked if the person giving directions wasn't sitting behind her, but in a different room.

  • LIVE from St. Louis VLOGS

    His voice is so ASMR

  • Vibhor Batra
    Vibhor Batra 6 days ago

    This is captain over ..

  • Bigfoot doesn't believe in you either

    Lucky for her it's not a stick shift.

  • Bigfoot doesn't believe in you either

    Where's the bloody steering wheel! PANIC!!

  • Glenn Greenwood
    Glenn Greenwood 6 days ago

    She did a very good job following instructions but without the right information in the exact order it would not be possible to land a modern jet liner, far to complicated & so many dials & switches, it would only take one mistake to crash land the aircraft.

  • Trevor Ng
    Trevor Ng 6 days ago

    If the Rapture happens, then this will happen.

  • Hyunyong Kim
    Hyunyong Kim 7 days ago

    I love this video..

  • Joseph Barnett
    Joseph Barnett 7 days ago

    A new law has been decreed that all planes will now include a pause button!

  • Kyle B
    Kyle B 7 days ago

    Trying is still better than not trying.

  • The Sci-Fi Guy
    The Sci-Fi Guy 7 days ago

    I’d have a go

  • Unknown User
    Unknown User 7 days ago


  • capezyo
    capezyo 7 days ago

    Not so difficult with the orientations. May be some shaking and windy will be interesting.

  • Ignác Pospíšil
    Ignác Pospíšil 7 days ago

    Za určitých okolností se to povést může:

  • Lord Royce
    Lord Royce 7 days ago

    What about a plane without auto landing??

  • Process Data
    Process Data 7 days ago

    Its not a real airplane. Its a virtual flight same as malls and all we have such a game room.

  • truestory
    truestory 7 days ago

    omg, it was stressful to watch. My palms started sweating lol...I don't like planes, flying...and I fly A LOT. Haha, as long as I'd never have to pilot it. Just bring me some alcohol and I'll be good.

  • MAX Percentage
    MAX Percentage 7 days ago

    DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home

  • Mich Wagner
    Mich Wagner 7 days ago


  • Jonas Without Brothers

    Of course she cant, its a plane not a kitchen

    Big BOOST FPV 7 days ago +2


  • Philippine Ball
    Philippine Ball 7 days ago +2

    I Have An Answer

    The Plane Will Go Kaboom

  • Chow Hongseng
    Chow Hongseng 7 days ago

    Basics to land a plane if you’re not a pilot:-
    Experienced use of P3D/FSX
    Use Quality Aircraft like PMDG

  • Deepak Salian
    Deepak Salian 7 days ago +1

    r u out of mind

  • Flight Sim Clips
    Flight Sim Clips 7 days ago

    yes why not if she plays flight sim.

  • kshienator
    kshienator 7 days ago

    If you watch youtube often, then you should be able to land one.

  • Fern Marques
    Fern Marques 8 days ago +1

    It IS possible, as you just demonstrated. Problem is the pilots are relying more and more on the same automation Caroline used, and are losing their ability to fly the darn plane. And automation fails. A lot.

  • Асхат Кужубаев

    Видно что она пилот и уже летала на этом самолете. Видите контроль и движения отработанные годами

  • And Roid
    And Roid 8 days ago

    I don't know if it was just the pressure of being in front of lots of the camera and I don't know if Joe is married, but I sensed sexual tension between these two.

  • Ironwarrior38
    Ironwarrior38 8 days ago

    They done it in the bee movie

  • Ventzz
    Ventzz 8 days ago

    The background song is actually "Stellardrone - In Time" and not "Airglow", in case anyone here likes the song and feels like listening to it :). Great video!

  • Aleksey Ermakov
    Aleksey Ermakov 8 days ago

    Полку авиадрочеров прибыло. :-))

  • LA Sculpt
    LA Sculpt 8 days ago

    try again but without a complete muppet

  • Alton Rowell
    Alton Rowell 8 days ago

    I would like to see a Microsoft flight simulator pilot land a plane.

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    digital image 66 8 days ago


  • Bernhard Enzinger
    Bernhard Enzinger 8 days ago +1

    Woman...! Also... ain't no plane, just a simulator! Get ME into the cock(!)pit - I'll let you know who's capable AND worthy to survive...!

  • Luke Skywalker
    Luke Skywalker 8 days ago

    Why all the cabine crew did not have this training???

  • Raymond Doetjes
    Raymond Doetjes 8 days ago

    A former colleague of mine became an air traffic controller. And at a company reunion he said: ‘Pilots are glorified bus drivers“. When I saw this I was like, looks even easier than driving a bus. :)

  • Raymond Doetjes
    Raymond Doetjes 8 days ago

    I think she did just fine. Even though it’s a simulated, no stress, environment.
    But I know I dissed the Airbus before but the cockpit is so well laid out and uncluttered that I’m sure doing this with a Boeing would be a disaster. And Kudos to Captain Joe, remaining calm and coaching.
    I’m no pilot but back in the 90s I was a systems engineer and coaching clients or junior engineers by phone to configure software or fix a corrupted database had me frustrated many a time. Because newbies don’t know where to look and assess what information is important. So they read out who screens (often in poor English) and I was like: but what does it say behind: begin BLCK? They would take a minute and I would be: it should be somewhere halfway on your screen. I would hear the frustration and annoyance creep in my voice (which is not helping, the situation). So kudos, for staying calm and clear. And asking her to be your eyes in s very guiding and soothing manner.

  • Diego Sacchetti
    Diego Sacchetti 8 days ago

    passenger can land a plane. watch this

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    Gamalier Rosa 8 days ago


  • Luke Koball
    Luke Koball 8 days ago +1

    That was a sweet video. Good work.

  • Carlos Oyuela
    Carlos Oyuela 8 days ago

    Mythbusters anyone? They concluded it's plausible. Plausible, not confirmed because this situation has never really happened and is very, very, very unlikely to happen IRL. Also, the tech that should make this possible must be available on both the airplane and the landing site. Finally, as Captain Joe says, communication on both sides must be constant, otherwise... well, there will not be any "landing" at all. But I guess we'll never see this occurrence, given how advanced flight tech is nowadays.

  • ipiloto
    ipiloto 9 days ago

    Easy, try with a 727 or a 707......

  • Melissa DeLong
    Melissa DeLong 9 days ago

    I would like to see this done again - but this time where the pilot talking the passenger through it - cannot see what the passenger is doing. That would make the communication very different I suspect. I believe this is doable with a calm passenger, but when the pilot cannot see what the passenger is doing quite a bit of additional back and forth would be necessary that might slow down process enough to make pulling this off problematic.

  • Rodin10
    Rodin10 9 days ago

    Was there a small amount of time between flaps 3 and flaps full or was that just editing? If it was a small amount why is it not put into full straight away?

  • elli003
    elli003 9 days ago +1

    Call the Center and Identify, Descend and Maintain, Call Approach, Descend and Maintain, Call Tower, Local Weather and BAR, Downwind, Base, Final, Land, Taxi, Gate. Wipe the perspiration off your upper lip, stop shaking and get over the vertigo.

  • jemmerx
    jemmerx 9 days ago

    What this proved, if anything, is that with the right help, a passenger could land a plane in an emergency situation. This was a random person thrown into the position, but in case the air crew is incapacitated, I'm sure the cabin crew would ask for any pilots or, at the very least, an aviation enthusiast to take the seat and work with ATC to land the plane (ILS, of course).

  • HetBanaanPortaal
    HetBanaanPortaal 9 days ago

    to be fair if the pilot dies or something than they dont get help and who cares about an airport if its an emergincy

  • Афанасий Тык

    838k subscribers will try

  • Афанасий Тык

    Captain Joe must sing ˋCotton Eye Joe‘ for happy funeral descent

  • Cloгох Блять

    I play DCS with a cheap $40 stick of course I know how to land the plane.

  • Prince Xavier
    Prince Xavier 9 days ago

    Well I think I'm good to go