Can a PASSENGER land a PLANE? Presented by CAPTAIN JOE

  • Published on Oct 19, 2017
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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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    such as Lockheed Martin Prepar3D flight simulator, here a few more facts about the used simulation:
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    I hope you enjoyed this video and where able to learn something from it as well.
    Thanks for watching, all the best your "Captain" Joe
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Comments • 14 963

  • Alyssa 1023
    Alyssa 1023 30 minutes ago

    Captain Joe: what should I wear today?
    *looks in closet*
    Captain Joe: Pilot outfit, pilot outfit, pilot outfit ahh Pilot outfit

  • sea green
    sea green 2 hours ago +1

    Bet I could land it, I did the james bond mission on FSX.

  • Sasha R
    Sasha R 2 hours ago

    noway... it was proven 1000 times

  • Cherif Ture
    Cherif Ture 10 hours ago

    Beautifully Scripted Pseudo-Reality :/
    // My First Video Ever of A "Thumb Down" :(

  • merriettagirl
    merriettagirl 11 hours ago

    OMG I'm nervous this whole time and then it jumps to an ad!!!

  • Pex_gDp-Hs 033
    Pex_gDp-Hs 033 11 hours ago


  • Casey Plooy
    Casey Plooy 12 hours ago +1

    Can a passenger play a video game? Fuckin stupid 👎🏻👎🏻

  • throw away
    throw away 14 hours ago

    is this p3d or fsx or what program ??

    and what addon a320

  • my red
    my red 18 hours ago

    Bitch I’ll land that plane she sleep

  • Happy Sisters
    Happy Sisters 19 hours ago

    This sounds like a tech support call

  • Ma7hiu5
    Ma7hiu5 22 hours ago

    I think a passenger could fly and land a plane, given that some sort of atc instruction is given, in most cases if a passenger needs to land in an emergency, could ATC run through the steps to set the plane on a CAT 3 autoland ?

  • Frezi
    Frezi Day ago +1

    *60... 40... 30... 20... 10... RETARD...*

  • Srikrishna S
    Srikrishna S Day ago

    It's possible if the passenger has some sort of virtual experience

  • Nathalie Fournier

    I would love to do that!

  • Oscar Burleson
    Oscar Burleson Day ago

    In an real life situation, I would have hopefully some bright passengers in that crap smelling cockpit helping with ATC instructions along with the King James version (red letter addition) opened to those pages!🤣....

  • Tony Montaña
    Tony Montaña Day ago

    Dam that is a lot to learn to land

  • Bad Cattitude
    Bad Cattitude Day ago

    Yeah, of course you can. Just "wing" it!

  • Fancy Pearls
    Fancy Pearls Day ago


  • Gev Bugh
    Gev Bugh Day ago

    Wow it's very complicated to operate this kind of plane.

  • Andre Marö
    Andre Marö Day ago +1

    Is autopilot or passenger safer?

  • Demonetization
    Demonetization Day ago +3

    Sure anyone can land a plane,except some land nose first

  • SW Dubai
    SW Dubai 2 days ago

    Can i try ?

  • Debra Shepherd
    Debra Shepherd 2 days ago

    I thought she was brilliant

  • Scott Adcock
    Scott Adcock 2 days ago

    there are a lot of great commercial flight-based youtube channels i am finding. excellent video!

  • Azad 4765 Ahmed
    Azad 4765 Ahmed 2 days ago

    And now she is a CEO

  • yoyoyo yoyoyo
    yoyoyo yoyoyo 2 days ago

    Can't find a right flight school in uk have you got any

  • Jack-o'-Lantern
    Jack-o'-Lantern 3 days ago

    100, 50, 40, 30, 20 , 10 BUTTER

  • Russell Clement
    Russell Clement 3 days ago

    Of course you could ,,

  • Ruslan Zarifov
    Ruslan Zarifov 3 days ago

    can land plane a passenger?

  • Josh Aleru
    Josh Aleru 3 days ago +1

    Hold my beer

  • Donald Brake
    Donald Brake 3 days ago

    so no more heaving on a central yoke and needing hefty leg muscles for the rudders then? :)

  • Amankwaa beatrice osei Oosei

    It is very delicate, but sometime a passenger can only do that when may be that passenger is a pilot.

  • Tuuz
    Tuuz 3 days ago

    this one is just helped me a lot cpt thanks a lot and i wish i fly sooner as a FO thanks again cpt

  • Analyze Perspective
    Analyze Perspective 4 days ago +1

    if it came down to any passenger landing to plan hopefully you got your para shoot

  • Felix ____________x
    Felix ____________x 4 days ago

    Frau am Steuer das wird teuer

  • a and
    a and 4 days ago

    I now have 15min of training I can land any plane like a pro

  • Sudhanshu Pandey
    Sudhanshu Pandey 4 days ago

    You are indirectly helping terrorists by giving knowledge about controls of the plane which can help them to hijack the plane & lite 9/11 attact in USA...i know your intentions are good but information might be misused...🤪🤪

  • Martynas Misanthropia

    Nice video, but why is CAPTAIN Joe wearing First Office stripes? :)

  • gabronii
    gabronii 4 days ago

    This was almost impossible to watch with headphones. Shes very loud and he is almost whispering.

  • gabronii
    gabronii 4 days ago

    Mythbusters did this with multiple passengers successfully

  • Tochukwu Nnyigide
    Tochukwu Nnyigide 4 days ago +1

    Provided greater than or equal to 4 hours of fuel remaining and airport just nearby - I think I can land a plane if other passengers can be calm. However, I trust God that such a scenario will never arise.

  • Mo.City Veteran
    Mo.City Veteran 5 days ago

    Where tha hell is the co pilot at taking a shit

  • Mo.City Veteran
    Mo.City Veteran 5 days ago

    I can land the plane without instructions. I learned from playing xbox.

  • freedom or death
    freedom or death 5 days ago

    She so negative.

  • freedom or death
    freedom or death 5 days ago

    That was cool!!

  • Art. Demirjian
    Art. Demirjian 5 days ago

    Yes every passenger capable to land an airplane through perseverance and an extreme attention to the given instruction, which I believe it could save lives while in the air.

  • Art. Demirjian
    Art. Demirjian 5 days ago

    I like this video and similar videos. I believe every air passengers must have some basic idea about how to fly an airplane, no matter how complicated it looks. While in the air every little knowledge could provide a vital safety help in case of emergency.

  • Lukas Bendiksen
    Lukas Bendiksen 5 days ago +1

    *You should see me in GTA 5. I'm a PRO*

  • Terence Hill
    Terence Hill 5 days ago

    In the future one will laugh about this old fashioned style of flying with all those manual inputs and button pushing. You will have to touch ONE button on a screen, i.e. landing in FRANKFURT on a screen and for the rest you can play angry birds.

  • JustCrad
    JustCrad 5 days ago

    Passenger lands plane better than most Ryanair pilots

  • Neuroguitarist
    Neuroguitarist 5 days ago +1

    I don't understand why there's no emergency-autopilot-function or
    program to do the landing. Or a remote-function to land the plane by a
    pilot with an virtual cockpit on the ground. Of course such a function
    would have to be secured from abuse/being hacked. I assume it would be
    technically possible with modern fly-by wire-type aircrafts if they were
    constructed therefore.
    That would be a good solution for 3 situations:
    a) Both pilots are unable to land because of sickness or death
    b) The plane is highjacked by terrorists who want to use the plane as weapons
    c) One of the pilots is suicidal (like in the german wings accident)

    • pls no Karen I love you
      pls no Karen I love you 4 days ago +1

      Simply because this is not possible. Even at the most advanced stage of current technology, all AP systems REQUIRE human input. As you saw, humans need to adjust the dials, tune into aircraft frequencies, apply flaps, spoilers and reverse thrust. Furthermore, if a certain airport contacts you to change course or gives you specific instructions, a computer cannot recognize this. Furthermore, what you saw here in this video was auto APPR, which can only be used in specific weather conditions, and there is a reason why they only account for 1 percent of all landings. A lot of people overestimate "autopilot" and I can see why as the name is quite misleading. Autopilot does not mean the plane flies itself, it means the plain essentially maintains values inputted by the pilot.

  • rustydog0329
    rustydog0329 5 days ago

    I just want to tell you good luck. We’re all counting on you.

  • Thee spence
    Thee spence 5 days ago

    All am saying is yes, A passenger can land a plane and THAT PASSENGER CAN NEVER BE ME! Scared to death

  • Saurabh Kashyap
    Saurabh Kashyap 6 days ago +3

    Have you ever seen UFO/ UFOs ?

    Just asking.

    • Jack Smith
      Jack Smith 3 days ago +1

      Saurabh Kashyap Anything is a ufo if you are bad enough at identifying stuff

  • Alexis Tosta
    Alexis Tosta 6 days ago

    She is blond thats why. Just joking. It is possible but you would need to spend loads of time playing proper simulator games etc. I have a frien that plays a flight simulator that many pilots play as well and he has met pilots all around the world and he actually learned so much about aviation. He does know all take off and landing procedures and much more but we all know that in real life it is different cuz the pressure is much more.

  • e james
    e james 6 days ago


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    sue she 6 days ago


  • Menstrel
    Menstrel 6 days ago

    Dating Caroline is out of the question, I would feel like I was intimate with Captain Joe.

  • Luther Wang
    Luther Wang 6 days ago +1

    I think even a person with some flight training isn't going to be very good at it. For me I was trained on the Cessna 152 and 172, I can fly a small plane on manual, no auto pilot. (Cause the 152 didn't have one.) But in a big commercial jet I would not have any clue how to operate the computer or the auto pilot. It would be very dangerous even for people who do have a flying background, never mind for people who do not.

  • Justin Bouvier
    Justin Bouvier 6 days ago

    I think he needs to do more than just oneperson.

  • Justin Bouvier
    Justin Bouvier 6 days ago

    I think if a person could slow there mind down relax and just listen to what the person is saying to do a monkey could do it. Stop listen and look. She couldnt find a long screen with the numbers and I went straight to it. Stop listen and look.

  • Steve Turk
    Steve Turk 6 days ago +6

    I would certainly give it a go. I have very minimal flight time but am not certified but if the instructions were clear and accurate I believe it could be done.

  • Ian G
    Ian G 6 days ago

    Why is Captain Joe wearing 3 stripes :o Nice vid though :D

  • Rahan2003
    Rahan2003 6 days ago

    Also this is an airbus that makes it more complex, a boeing would've been much simpler.

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP 2 days ago

      Maybe not. Both pros and cons. In an airbus its harder to mess up as the automation will rectify any mistakes you make.

  • Kev Magno
    Kev Magno 6 days ago +1

    Any passenger can land a plane, only everybody will die.

  • Julia
    Julia 6 days ago

    The voice of captain Joe in the background is giving me ASMR vibes

  • Adielo swuro
    Adielo swuro 6 days ago +31

    Why can't the airlines train the Cabin crews to land the planes in case of emergency 🙄

    • Sasha R
      Sasha R 2 hours ago

      35k each - think before you say ) & not each one will make itt

    • Nicholas Ng
      Nicholas Ng Day ago

      A2DJP In the case of engines it’s possible if large bird strike just as Sully did xdd

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP 2 days ago +3

      Too redundant. Having dual pilot incapacitation is just too unlikely. Its like saying have 3 engines instead of 2 because there is a chance of both failing.

    • suhas ravindra
      suhas ravindra 3 days ago

      +Master Matt just in case

    • Master Matt
      Master Matt 4 days ago +1

      In some cases even 3

  • Laith Mohammad
    Laith Mohammad 7 days ago

    13:12 “50..40..30..20..10.. Retard” wow

  • Job Joby
    Job Joby 7 days ago

    It was a smooth landing,thank you pilot :)

  • Rafael Arias
    Rafael Arias 7 days ago

    I love this video, as a former flight attendant I always knew I could land a plane with the proper guidance. I believe if I'm 36,000 feet and both engines fail I can safely land I'll simply glide

  • Akeem
    Akeem 7 days ago +2

    Ted Stryker could land this plane

  • Goodwillgirl nifty thrifty 1983

    If I had to land a plane we would all be dead lol

  • DJ Vortical
    DJ Vortical 8 days ago

    50, 40, 30, 20, retard, retard, toast, butter, etc

  • Master
    Master 8 days ago

    Now have her hand fly the plane

  • perkelepower
    perkelepower 8 days ago

    this video made me very nervous :P

  • Claire Williams
    Claire Williams 8 days ago

    The real question is where she would be crying when the plane started screaming pull up pull up and other noises from the computer?

  • mr hunter
    mr hunter 8 days ago

    my dream to be a Pilot but I'm 29 years old and I need 2 more years to get the studying fees . I'll be 31 years old and no airways give a job for OLD GUYS. no chance in this life

  • Vegard Dybvad
    Vegard Dybvad 8 days ago +3

    Mythbusters did this with instructions from the tower in an A380 simulator and managed to land the plane safe.

    • FinalLugiaGuardian
      FinalLugiaGuardian 2 days ago

      It was a 737 simulator I thought. The a380 has a side stick and the 737 has a control yoke.

  • egbukig Abraham
    egbukig Abraham 8 days ago

    good one

  • YouTube TV
    YouTube TV 8 days ago

    I watch Captain Joe videos on youtube. I am da capdan nao

  • lott nio
    lott nio 8 days ago +2

    Do they train waitresses and butlers working in the passenger part of the airplane to land an airplane (turn on the autopilot) in the case of emergency?

    • lott nio
      lott nio Day ago

      +A2DJP Maybe they should. Just a very basic training which would of course not help in difficult situations but anyway (and it's of course very unlikely that both pilots would be disabled in circumstances that are still somehow controllable). Problem would be how they'd get into the cockpit if pilots are disabled and can't let them in.

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP 2 days ago

      You mean flight attendants? No they are not.

  • Geoff James
    Geoff James 8 days ago

    Can a plane do all of this alone set to auto pilot ?.

  • Geoff James
    Geoff James 8 days ago +1

    I would like his voice a little more positive and authoritative.

  • Nikunj Jain
    Nikunj Jain 8 days ago +18

    Hi Captain,
    I would really appreciate if you can give us q little knowledge on nose down problem on Boeing 737 Max.

  • Adekunle Adeyemi
    Adekunle Adeyemi 8 days ago

    So much automation in commercial airlines

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP 2 days ago

      Its both a good and bad thing.

  • MartyCon
    MartyCon 8 days ago +2

    I would love to give one of those simulators a go. I have a very basic understanding of which buttons do which function through playing flight sims and other curiosities. I would love to see if I could do it

  • Nathan Harbi
    Nathan Harbi 9 days ago

    I could land that plane ✈️

  • Fadya Ali
    Fadya Ali 9 days ago

    Soooo YES

  • Sherman G
    Sherman G 9 days ago

    She now works for Spirit.

  • machina2703
    machina2703 9 days ago

    Muss man bei Angabe der Höhenänderung so scheiße ins Mikrofon atmen? -.-

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  • me me
    me me 9 days ago +3

    I couldn't hear Joe's voice in this video.

  • Steven Biars
    Steven Biars 9 days ago

    I feel like I could land it, provided I could establish a communications link and had plenty of fuel.

  • Negus
    Negus 9 days ago

    ... there’d be nobody guiding her so they’d all be fucked. video concluded less than 2 minutes in. 👍🏼 bye

  • KEV - Digital Hacks
    KEV - Digital Hacks 9 days ago +4

    Alert! Autopilot 1 failing.
    Alert! Autopilot 2 failing.

  • MantaStyle
    MantaStyle 10 days ago +72

    After watching all this video I feel prepared. Let me land the plane, I know what im doing

    • Sasha R
      Sasha R 2 hours ago

      +Mo.City Veteran exactly

    • Mo.City Veteran
      Mo.City Veteran 5 days ago +1

      MantaStyle u gonna kill everyone on board including a 2yr old Yorkshire terrier

  • Elwood Blues
    Elwood Blues 10 days ago

    A smart man with a little knowledge about airplanes is able to land a plane, if he's enough lucky to communicate with a pilot on the radio... Not the first time, maybe...

  • Max lewandowski
    Max lewandowski 10 days ago

    It's easy the more you learn

  • Mada RRez
    Mada RRez 11 days ago

    If that was me ya’ll going to die with me 😂

  • TheForbiddenKnowledge
    TheForbiddenKnowledge 11 days ago

    She landed using the automated system of the craft. Memorization of procedure is all that is required. The problem with modern day pilots is arrogance. Most modern day pilots, if not all do not possess the same knowledge base as the pioneers of aviation did. The Wright Brothers designed and built a functioning aircraft without a computer or modern tools. Modern pilots cannot do that because they are not taught the knowledge the Wrights had. There are articles on the web that explain how modern day pilots are dumbed down. Some of these articles are written by flight instructors.

    • Fatih İnan Keleş
      Fatih İnan Keleş 10 days ago

      Almost all of the todays Aircrafts have direct laws which they can fly Like "Wright brothers design". You cant Just tell all of the pilots are arrogant. Many of them are skilled professionals.