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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Comments • 14 222

  • Zhacka Boomboom
    Zhacka Boomboom Hour ago

    It has a long little display 😂😂😂😂

  • wogz187
    wogz187 Hour ago

    Did you notice in this video your mantra is backwards? Communicate (with the leader), navigate (the control interfaces), aviate.

  • Cesar Gil
    Cesar Gil 7 hours ago

    His voice is much more alive when speaking outside the landing part. I think he was trying to keep her tranquil.

  • Rosnie Nonie
    Rosnie Nonie 21 hour ago

    Just this recently there is someone use your photo for scammer just be careful....

  • k9feces
    k9feces Day ago

    If you ask really nicely they usually let you land.

  • Jacks Spanners
    Jacks Spanners Day ago

    Not if you have played flight simulator easy

  • Xander Squier
    Xander Squier 2 days ago

    Has a plane ever been landed by a passenger before?

  • musthu chennai
    musthu chennai 2 days ago

    Wow amazing this video use for any emergency.......

    TWCSTEVENTV WX GEEK 3 days ago

    Talk-down aircraft landing, everyone

  • pradip garud
    pradip garud 4 days ago

    Thanks Captain for your information.

  • tom ford
    tom ford 4 days ago

    Why robot man call her retards. She landins plane goodly

  • Kerri Johnstone
    Kerri Johnstone 4 days ago

    Wanna bet?// please watch

  • Ernest Reichardt
    Ernest Reichardt 4 days ago

    Why not ? If they have half a brain and can follow instructions , I am sure they could ?

  • Tara voffvoff
    Tara voffvoff 4 days ago

    You should start a Virtual Airline!

  • maxtor1981
    maxtor1981 5 days ago +1

    Interesting video. I think it would have been better, if Joe wasn't sitting in the cockpit with her, but was somewhere else where he couldn't actually see what was going on, where she was looking, etc., when she wasn't telling him. I.e an imaginary ATC. She wouldn't be able to feel his presence, which would probably have an impact on her sense of danger/safety.
    She WAS deceptively calm. I wouldn't be that calm, if I had to figure this stuff out, knowing the pilots were out of the picture. Maybe even lying dead next to me? Especially if the voice in the radio was using acronyms and abbreviations not shown in the display.
    I doubt that most laymen would even be able to figure out to call up ATC at all by themselves? And we haven't even discussed how she got access to the child-/terrorist proof cockpit?
    Maybe they should just make a special button that, once pressed, would transfer all controls and informations to ATC? And put a sticker next to it that says: "In case of dead pilots, press button."

  • john dengler
    john dengler 5 days ago

    Perhaps it would help if two passengers worked together to help find the correct controls and buttons.

  • Polar Bear
    Polar Bear 5 days ago

    A child could do it better

  • Bruce Washburn
    Bruce Washburn 5 days ago

    wouldnt it be cool if we could somehow make it mandatory that the flight attendants and all key personnel were trained for multiple hours on going through these sims? but alas, i guess its not possible

    • Bruce Washburn
      Bruce Washburn 5 days ago

      i dont even know how i got stuck watching this but i bet if i ever find myself in this situation i will recall this video. I must have missed it but im sure they filled us in on where the comms button was lol.

  • Helen Jackman
    Helen Jackman 5 days ago

    I certainly would try to save my life and the life of others.

  • ray32245mv
    ray32245mv 5 days ago

    I think someone with sim experience, who had taken the time to study and use the sim correctly, could be walked through it by another pilot on the radio, at certain airports under fair conditions. But a CAT IIIb.... very high chance of failure.

  • John Webb
    John Webb 5 days ago

    She did really good though.

  • thelma lou
    thelma lou 5 days ago

    Oh Hell no...

  • André
    André 6 days ago

    I will just leave this here...

  • Chris Kelleher
    Chris Kelleher 6 days ago

    "20 minutes to get her to use the radio "

  • Mico i play fnaf 2
    Mico i play fnaf 2 6 days ago

    Nice plane simulator what game is that hehe

  • Michael Cabezudo
    Michael Cabezudo 6 days ago +1

    Very easy if you had someone telling you everything to do

  • Michael Goetze
    Michael Goetze 6 days ago

    Can a passenger land a plane? Of course not, they'll never make it past the security door to get into the cockpit.

  • John Smelt
    John Smelt 6 days ago

    It must be a 737...

  • John Smelt
    John Smelt 6 days ago

    What plane is she flying? An A320?

  • Mike Roy
    Mike Roy 7 days ago

    speak up ATC!

  • Khorchani Ali
    Khorchani Ali 7 days ago

    mon rêve est de conduire une avion

  • Brang Zonghus
    Brang Zonghus 7 days ago

    I'd be jumping straight out at 10,000 ft. Much rather hit the ground and it's over in a split second than explode in a white hot ball of jet fuel...

  • Mohammed Remadan
    Mohammed Remadan 7 days ago

    it,s difficult to land the plan can passengers

  • Mohammed Remadan
    Mohammed Remadan 7 days ago

    she siad LDG gear on not i think DN ?

  • Mohammed Remadan
    Mohammed Remadan 7 days ago

    still she doing the plane status on auto pilot ?

  • RSLewis
    RSLewis 7 days ago

    shes stupid... of course someone can find and press buttons... is she saying that she's a genius?? IF you miss the landing you can just circle and try again.

  • Kenny Johnson
    Kenny Johnson 7 days ago

    Can anyone lan a plane without auto pilot The real test.

  • Emily Alice
    Emily Alice 7 days ago +1

    “Set flaps free” “extend full flaps” 😂😭 too immature for these videos fml

    • morningcoffee1111
      morningcoffee1111 6 days ago

      Emily Alice. Not everyone is thinking with their flaps, Emily.

  • Ezequiel Pereyra
    Ezequiel Pereyra 7 days ago

    i wanna try that x_x

  • Giorgos Stolis
    Giorgos Stolis 8 days ago

    Can you please do the same on a 737 -800 ?

  • glen Carrington
    glen Carrington 8 days ago

    If the passenger can do this then NO SWEAT! Not 1:1 but still the same skill set.

  • space traveler
    space traveler 8 days ago

    Well I fly RC planes so I'd give it a go I guess lol

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  • Silvio Deassis
    Silvio Deassis 8 days ago +6

    I'm a truck driver but I'm sure I could land a plane.
    Not so sure if anyone would survive .

  • Dhonan Jr.
    Dhonan Jr. 9 days ago

    i was clicking dat fmc lol

  • Robert Spencer
    Robert Spencer 9 days ago

    Just make sure to find the drunkest and most arrogant bastard in first class. He could do it because he’s important and he could just pay someone to land for him.

  • Robert Spencer
    Robert Spencer 9 days ago

    I think she did a pretty good job considering she has no experience.

  • Jack Jones
    Jack Jones 9 days ago +4

    Caroline presses Autopilot button...
    Autopilot: Hold my beer Caroline.

  • Blue-Eyes White Dragon
    Blue-Eyes White Dragon 9 days ago +3

    Pilots Worst Enemy: Stress and Panic.

  • Lance Lee
    Lance Lee 9 days ago

    I can definitely get one off the ground.. 0 flight hours. Just can't land it lol... A BIG problem!..Won't be a pilot anytime soon ...

  • Frederic GABET
    Frederic GABET 9 days ago

    Elle travaille maintenant avec Ryanair traduction du commentaire de en dessous

  • Joe King
    Joe King 9 days ago

    Mohammad says no i only know how to take off ................

  • Omar hello Tahiri
    Omar hello Tahiri 9 days ago

    Can u flush the toilet now

  • Sir Tinley-Knot
    Sir Tinley-Knot 9 days ago +5

    This has to be fake... It takes me 10 minutes to get a user to understand how to run cmd.exe

    • RSLewis
      RSLewis 7 days ago

      LOL!! i feel your pain. "cat, mary, david"

  • The Coke Demirel
    The Coke Demirel 10 days ago

    I want to do that too

  • E A
    E A 10 days ago


  • John Petzold
    John Petzold 10 days ago

    I don't understand why captain Joe and the women said it impossible, she did land. So someone PLEASE EXPLAIN, PLEASE?????

  • Zen SPIKE
    Zen SPIKE 10 days ago

    I would just get it over with and commit suicide if I had to listen to this guys voice. I'd have zero confidence in this sleepy ass fool.

  • Ted thesailor
    Ted thesailor 10 days ago

    Anyone can land an airplane, but where and in how many pieces may vary with skill level...

  • Maxie Pattie
    Maxie Pattie 10 days ago

    very interesting, ......I just want to tell her good luck and we're all counting on you!

  • Gerald Castle
    Gerald Castle 10 days ago

    She now Drives for Swift!

  • Keith
    Keith 11 days ago

    Well, good luck pressing "Take Off", then "Autopilot", then "Land".
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  • Falcon 66
    Falcon 66 11 days ago +3

    If i could fly, i would fly to an island with woman and whiskey and Rock 'n Roll

  • Eathan Straker
    Eathan Straker 11 days ago +2

    I'd say I'd be able to land an A380 with that control setup and with help of a guide with a schematic of the cockpit controls.

  • Aarif Hussain Khan
    Aarif Hussain Khan 11 days ago

    and I hear all the passengers are clapping, yeaaahhhh

  • Charlie Bourgeois
    Charlie Bourgeois 11 days ago +6

    *Guy:* Hello Caroline, my name is Joe. I'll be your ATC control today. I'll be guiding you down to Munich Airport. This is the closest airport in the vicinity with the longest runway.
    - seconds go by -
    *Girl:* oookay

  • Justin Williams
    Justin Williams 12 days ago

    How about a passenger landing a plane that doesn’t have an auto landing feature?

  • Jethro Kramer
    Jethro Kramer 12 days ago +3

    OMG! No chance in hell she could land it! DEAD DEad DeaD

  • HappyQuails
    HappyQuails 12 days ago +1

    That looked easy! I thought she did a great job!

  • Anon Kat
    Anon Kat 12 days ago

    Can I have a go?? :D

  • thexophguy
    thexophguy 13 days ago +1

    too many unnecessary buttons , let me connect a dualshock 4 to cockpit and see what your noob plane is capable of . git gut .

  • Sick of the Left
    Sick of the Left 13 days ago +1

    If you can fly a drone over Afganistan from from a chair in Dallas, why can't they land a plane remotely???

  • Dom s
    Dom s 14 days ago

    Even a private pilot would crash a large aircraft. Its a lot to Learn. Plus the added stress of knowing you have all that responsibly in real life.

  • Eleeth Tahgra
    Eleeth Tahgra 14 days ago

    Sure they could. The real question is, could they land the plane with its body, cargo n other passengers intact?

  • Maria Maria
    Maria Maria 14 days ago +1

    Planes are amazing 😍

  • Booxwee
    Booxwee 14 days ago +4

    I have successfully landed an a320 in a similar simulator, twice.. does that make me qualified to land an airplane in an emergency? lmao

    • GameShock
      GameShock 5 days ago

      yes. If I was in a boeing 737-800 during a situation like this I could 100 percent land it, I know how everything works in the cockpit of 738.

  • Crispaulo Benedicto
    Crispaulo Benedicto 14 days ago

    I can fly a plane


  • Donny Christian
    Donny Christian 14 days ago +1

    I'm not an airline pilot but 100% sure i could land any Commercial Airliner especially a 737-800 / 373-900 no problem..
    i could even know how to use the FMC, But would probably just control the autopilot manually, and would be in contact with the tower at the airport i was going to land at.

  • mas pok
    mas pok 14 days ago

    Wtf is with your voice. Speak normaly

  • Stoddy S
    Stoddy S 14 days ago

    Some of us are plasterers and some of us are pilots. Where’s my bucket..

  • PSx Live Gameplay
    PSx Live Gameplay 14 days ago

    title got be a bit confused, before opening video i thought is it "can they do it" or "are they allowed to do it"

  • 김경원투
    김경원투 15 days ago

    Good video👍👍👍🛩Thank u

  • Nate River
    Nate River 15 days ago

    Detective conan

  • SMC01ful
    SMC01ful 15 days ago

    Wow, that was cool.

  • Tommy
    Tommy 15 days ago

    I would say it is possible as long as they have communication with ground and someone to guide them like this. Ideally a few hours away from runway so they have time to familiarize themselves with the controls

  • Obbybuilder
    Obbybuilder 15 days ago

    Umm... Ur not captain, ur co-pilot. You have 3 lines not 4 0:00

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    Akhil Nair 15 days ago

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  • Wayne Everett
    Wayne Everett 16 days ago

    This is all fine and good BUT with all the automation it becomes a button pushing game. It will almost land itself. The real task happens when it's a 1970 Boeing 727 that still is in the air in charter. Or a 707 which is more realistic. Can a non-pilot land that ? I'd like to see this 'Experiment' on a 707 without a Copilot or an FE. It becomes nearly impossible.

  • Alex
    Alex 16 days ago

    Someone landed a plane after the pilot died, he had several attempts but with the landing speed/alt lights he did it. But the plane was a small one.

  • Dan-y Rico
    Dan-y Rico 16 days ago

    Prepar 3D... :-|

  • Aslo
    Aslo 16 days ago

    There's always some Flightsim dude in the plane who could easily manage to do this lol.

  • Γιώργος Φανουράκης

    Wow!! It's not a plane, it's a computer!!

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  • Trident
    Trident 16 days ago

    Man U r amazing 👉👨‍✈️💕💕❤️❤️

  • Jay Al
    Jay Al 17 days ago

    🤣🤣🤣 yeah right, I would fall asleep with that asmr voice


    Fake but good

  • Basem Saleh
    Basem Saleh 17 days ago

    too much simulator makes me think sometimes that if anything might happen to the plane during the trip i know that i'll be able to land it

  • deejee
    deejee 17 days ago

    If this opportunity arises I wil tell the crew to hold my beer

  • lorenzo montini
    lorenzo montini 17 days ago

    The pilot voice is relaxing ahaha

  • Dylon Lachenal
    Dylon Lachenal 17 days ago

    I think it's possible if there's any passenger onboard capable to keep his or her head cool, flight attendees also should know at least how to set up communication to get that someone going before heading back to the cabin to help other passengers.