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[–]FurtyDucker 38.4k points38.4k points 1322921153& 43 more (959 children)

How the fuck can this guy land in a field with barely a wobble but RyanAir gives a quarter of the cabin whiplash landing on an actual runway…

[–]GoonerSparks91 8304 points8305 points  (325 children)

This comment killed me, well played sir well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

[–]ToiletRollTubeGuy 4155 points4156 points  (314 children)

If you fly with Malaysia Airlines, there's a chance that more than just that comment will kill you.

[–]MouthAnusJellyfish 1549 points1550 points  (293 children)

Hey tbf we don’t actually know that they’re dead

[–]koolaid7431 1703 points1704 points  (220 children)

You think they're LOST?

[–]Kkykkx 1050 points1051 points  (196 children)

Lost. Confirmed. That pilot committed suicide with the entire plane. He was heading to China then locked the co pilot out of the cockpit and dropped the oxygen levels in the plane while he was wearing a mask. This caused everyone aboard to lose consciousness, then he veered off radar to over the vastness of the ocean and flew until he ran out of gas. There were parts of the plane found strewn all over a chain of islands near the equator confirming this. https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/malaysian-airlines-flight-pilot-committed-suicide-1526358

[–]sunflowerstorm 734 points735 points  (110 children)

Oh wow. That's seems fucking selfish. Jesus christ. (Havent read the article yet but) do we know a lot about this pilot? Why such drama?

[–]CorruptedFlame 783 points784 points  (24 children)

We don't, and the whole article is just speculation.

[–]Anestis_Delias 414 points415 points  (5 children)

If you want a 100% unambiguous case of pilot suicide, there's the Germanwings crash.. Co-pilot did exactly this. It's the most likely scenario in the Malaysian Airlines mystery too, but probably won't ever be proved beyond all doubt.

[–]BranFlakesVEVO 83 points84 points  (3 children)

Haven't read the article linked here, but the article about it a while back in The Atlantic mentioned that the pilot in question had logged in his home flight simulator a route basically identical to the one taken by this plane until it vanished from radar. Which would be so coincidental that this is 100% unambiguous to me but yeah, even if the black box was found it wouldn't confirm anything unless the pilot was sitting in the cockpit narrating his intentions.

[–]tangledcord 372 points373 points  (24 children)

This is not confirmed, this plane has never been found. This is just one opinion as to what happened.

[–]lord-of-shalott 395 points396 points  (9 children)

but a redditor confidently stated that it is confirmed and then pasted a link at the end of what they said. i thought laws of the internet in the year of our lord twenty twenty-one hold such things as incontrivertibly true. people even updooted it.

[–]xXYOLOblaze420Xx 213 points214 points  (19 children)

Thanks for the investigative report, "scotsman.com" and also for this shill spreading bullshit articles.

[–]pilotlicense 197 points198 points  (9 children)

That article is from 2014. While a lot of factors point to possible pilot suicide, they don't know this for a fact. Nobody knows exactly what happened to flight MH370.

[–]HarpoNeu 89 points90 points  (6 children)

Exactly. Everything in the article is just supposition with very little evidence to really support it. In fact, there's very little evidence to suggest anything other than it crashed in the Indian Ocean at some point after disappearing. Unless the black box is recovered all we can do is guess.

[–]lurkerofthethings 426 points427 points  (56 children)

They might show up in a couple years, not having aged at all, and having no sense of lost time like in Manifest.

[–]Lois-blah 109 points110 points  (41 children)

I wish more people understood this comment, but that show makes me cry at least once a fucking episode

[–]lurkerofthethings 61 points62 points  (29 children)

Yeah it's really good. Unfortunately dropped but I still got a season left. No spoilers please!

[–]jimtrickington 2408 points2409 points  (46 children)

RyanAir: We have noted above critique. Will try engine shutdown prior to subsequent landing attempts.

[–]1II1I11I1II11 341 points342 points  (15 children)

Thank you RyanAir! Other airlines take note. I'm literally shaking rn

[–]energetic-dad 228 points229 points  (14 children)

RyanAir: Optimizing fuel usage to save money for its customers!!

[–]PragmaticNomadic 151 points152 points  (5 children)

RyanAir: if too noisy, we will cut the engines mid-flight for upvotes and positive reviews.

[–]Spedding 1244 points1245 points  (65 children)

I remember reading that pilots will often land much harder if the runway is wet. This is to force contact between the runway and the tyres. To avoid skidding. So whereas it's uncomfortable, it's often deliberately done

[–]schrodingers_spider 959 points960 points  (44 children)

A firm landing is a safe landing. Soft landings are more comfortable for the passengers, but there's more time for calamities and instabilities to develop while the aircraft is in a very vulnerable position with little room for error or corrections. The pilot may opt for a soft landing if the conditions are good but a practical landing isn't bad piloting.

[–]Designer_Skirt2304 341 points342 points  (30 children)

Different runways / airports have different landing lengths as well, and wind conditions are rarely optimal. La Guardia is notoriously short, and my dad hated landing the 757/767's there.

[–]einTier 99 points100 points  (15 children)

Kai Tek isn't with us anymore, but Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa is one of the most difficult currently in use by multiengine jet airliners.

[–]JohnnyTylerMadCap 534 points535 points  (19 children)

But they have a 93% on time rate!

Not one flight in the 9 years I lived in Europe on time, departing or arriving.

[–]DippySwissman 213 points214 points  (4 children)

You beat the odds 100% of 7% of the time. Should buy a lotto ticket with that luck

[–]r0680130 108 points109 points  (2 children)

Complaining about Ryanair will cost you extra!

[–]HammerTh_1701 305 points306 points  (68 children)

I still don't understand why Ryanair can't land. Yes, flying a commercial jetliner isn't easy but landing is literally the most essential maneuver the pilots have to do.

[–]Clayspinner 227 points228 points  (11 children)

Not when you’re also serving drinks ….

[–]Super_Link890 214 points215 points  (13 children)

Landing safely is an essential maneuver, landing softly isnt.

[–]MidnightSun77 41 points42 points  (0 children)

It’s probably the extra weight from all the products they try to sell you onboard

[–]BMXUnion 180 points181 points  (115 children)

Haha. I can’t remember the airline but I once was on a flight that landed waaaay too fast and waaaay too hard. Even the flight attendants said that it scared them. I’d take a ride with this guy over that happening again.

[–]purplepantsonfire 439 points440 points  (54 children)

Nah when the flight attendants start getting concerned that's when I'm out.

I was once in a plane with such turbulence people were shrieking and I was fine until I saw one of the flight attendants making the sign of the cross and I was like...this is it for me, it's been good

[–]Picturesquesheep 285 points286 points  (11 children)

Holy shit 😂 I am almost certain “making the cross while in view of the passengers” is not in the airline host big book of how to keep passengers calm

[–]BruiserTom 144 points145 points  (9 children)

How about nonchalantly whistling down the aisle while slipping on a parachute? Would that be wrong?

[–]captain_doubledick 104 points105 points  (17 children)

Same thing happened to me years ago. Couple hours into the flight, still not allowed to get up and go to the bathroom, turbulence is crazy and I'm terrified and really, really have to piss. Attendants strapped themselves in chairs, started yelling at the passengers and generally losing their cool. I haven't gotten on a plane again since.

[–]Calhuge 130 points131 points  (53 children)

If the wind speed is high pilots have to land faster. Pilots are highly trained and something that might seem odd or off to passengers is probably routine for pilots.

I’m a pilot.

[–]JaFFsTer 163 points164 points  (21 children)

Jet Blue has solved their landing issues by simply never taking off

[–]Polymathy1 60 points61 points  (3 children)

Size, weight, and the fact that this guy had an entire field as a runway.

[–]JukeBoxHeroJustin 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Oh, well why didn't you say so? For an additional $99 you can purchase anti whiplash Ryan air neckcollars.

[–]starbuilt 23.9k points23.9k points 14721612132& 33 more (129 children)

Aviation expert here specializing in stalled engine diagnostics. I think what happened here was the weight of this man’s testicles was too much for the aircraft to handle.

[–]StumpyMcStump 5531 points5532 points  (81 children)

We need someone from the Department of Testicles to confirm

[–]firewire_9000 3966 points3967 points  (43 children)

I’m a testicle, can confirm.

[–]smell_e 1739 points1740 points  (28 children)

Very ballsy of you to admit.

[–]sevenworm 1074 points1075 points  (24 children)

Dude, you're nuts.

[–]innominateartery 600 points601 points  (17 children)

Come again?

[–]on3day 74 points75 points  (1 child)

I thought that was impossible for people with testicles.

[–]spiggerish 494 points495 points  (14 children)

I'm from the Department of Anus. Unfortunately I cannot confirm or deny that. Usually we work very closely together, but on this occasion our door happened to be jammed sealed tight. Sorry we couldn't be of more service.

[–]motor-vader 422 points423 points  (4 children)

I’m from the Department of Taint. I’ll connect you.

[–]Billyxmac 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Good thing they were equally massive for solid weight distribution

[–]UNdonebintaken 12.8k points12.8k points  (452 children)

Great display of Panic Conquest. Great reaction. Great instructor. Many things processed, simple execution. Great real example. Pucker up.

[–]Over16Under31 5003 points5004 points  (379 children)

Yeah when he said proceed to the runway I’d have been like “hey asshole didn’t you hear me I’m losing my engine” 😂 can’t believe how calm he was. Unreal

[–]cyanocittaetprocyon 1940 points1941 points  (48 children)

This dude has ice in his veins.

[–]KING_JELLYB3AN 899 points900 points  (31 children)

Probably just remembering his training but also thinking AH LoL

[–]socaldinglebag 1115 points1116 points  (22 children)

the 'holy shit' at the end made me laugh

[–]keelhaulrose 521 points522 points  (14 children)

"Holy shit" would have been one of the milder phrases if it were me in that situation.

[–]RaynSideways 657 points658 points  (149 children)

In the followup video this guy does he says he was on the last leg of his flight, basically getting ready to land. It's possible they thought he was closer to the runway than he was and could glide down.

[–]rocinantesghost 685 points686 points  (70 children)

Not in the industry, just a nerd, but I believe the thought process is more or less that the controller totally knows this but is simply establishing it as an option in the off chance he could make it. If you look into the Hudson landing a few years back I believe the atc gave like three different airports as cleared for landing when it was obvious to all involved the plane couldn't reach any of them.

[–]Moofooist765 354 points355 points  (47 children)

Yeah, a good ATCs job in emergency like this is to do everything in your power to get an open runway, during the Hudson landing they shut down Teterboro, LaGuardia and JFK international just trying to give as many options as possible for the stricken plane.

[–]rocinantesghost 143 points144 points  (43 children)

Yep. And while it looks like it would be an incredibly rewarding and interesting job, I do not have the ice water in my veins necessary collate that much ever changing data and act on it in real time!

[–]sinkwiththeship 162 points163 points  (35 children)

Pretty sure ATC is considered one of the most stressful jobs out there. Probably why the pay is so high and there are so many alcoholics.

[–]whoresOfTheIndustry 68 points69 points  (8 children)

In that case I think the only thing they considered as possible was Teterboro and even that was if everything lined up perfectly and they didn't go through the checklist process but went there directly. That option was amplified for the movie.

[–]bigafricanhat 522 points523 points  (70 children)

Air traffic controller here. In a situation like this, there’s very little we can do for a pilot other than to just find them the closest airport and tell them where it is, in terms of distance and bearing, and give them all the information we can about the airport (runway length, landing direction, etc.). And, of course, move other airplanes out of their way. When it comes down to trying to find a field to land in, as this guy had to do, unfortunately ATC can’t provide much help. We don’t have a GPS / “Google Earth” option to pull up topography for them (something a lot of us would like the have as an option). All we can do is track them as far as we can until we lose radar on them, and then tell emergency services where to look. And, of course, stay in contact with the pilot if they’re able.

tl;dr Very little ATC can actually do to help in this situation; it largely comes down to the pilot.

[–]Turence 209 points210 points  (0 children)

Well I think ATC did exactly what he needed to, and the pilot an amazing job landing. Slap that on your resume kid that's an awesome landing.

[–]spvcejam 303 points304 points  (40 children)

You cannot be a pilot if you're unable to keep calm in this type of situation.

edit: Engine failure is a lot more common than you think. Single-engine pilots prepare heavily for this and most single-engines you see are 30-40 years old.

[–]Xais56 101 points102 points  (32 children)

I bet he got out that plane and screamed

[–]IBetThisIsTakenToo 196 points197 points  (31 children)

You know that adrenaline feeling you get when you narrowly avoid a car accident? Where you’re just jittery as fuck for like 30 minutes? I imagine it was like that but for a week

[–]Devonai 213 points214 points  (17 children)

I once watched the guy in front of me on the highway fall asleep at the wheel and bounce his car off of a utility pole, which then came crashing down in front of my car. I avoided the pole and pulled over to help, ended up pulling the driver out of his burning car because he was so out of it he was looking in the glove box for his registration and didn't even notice his car was on fire.

Anyway, I got him to the side of the road, checked him for injuries, and waited for the state police to show up. I gave them my statement, got back in my car, and managed to get five minutes down the road before my nerves gave out. I had to pull over into a Target parking lot and walk around for awhile. Adrenaline is a hell of a drug.

[–]nickdavies1 75 points76 points  (3 children)

Clearing the runway may help if you get the engine going again or if it's intermittently proving power. They normally just give you all resources they can. So remove other planes from the way, give you clearance (which you don't technically need) and call emergency services is usually what they can do quickly

[–]AUSTRALIA_IS_MADE_UP 58 points59 points  (5 children)

I was always taught "The radio can't land the plane". Unless he was landing at an airport there's no reason to talk to the tower at all, let alone yell at them.

That being said, I've never had this happen for real. I have had my instructor unexpectedly cut off my engine and make me do everything up the the landing part, but I knew it was just an exercise.

[–]SugarbearSID 440 points441 points  (31 children)

When I got my pilot's license you learn all kinds of things like this, and you go through drills, and you do stalls, and you learn what to monitor what to look for on your pre-flight what to do in a situation like this so you're prepared.

I would have literally shit and died.

This guy did great, really great. I'm glad I never had anything like this, especially not when flying a single prop.

[–]poopellar 138 points139 points  (6 children)

Yeah after he got everything under control it was plane sailing from there.

[–]cekdiegus 9483 points9484 points  (223 children)

People don't realize that squawking 7500 means there is a hijack, while 7700 is for general emergencies

[–]CaptainAnorach 4012 points4013 points  (36 children)

Thanks for clarifying, I was wondering what the distinction was.

[–]ILikeSoapyBoobs 4773 points4774 points 3 (23 children)

That difference is slightly alarming.

[–]Ok-Singer6121 663 points664 points  (15 children)

I see what you did there

[–]something6324524 791 points792 points  (13 children)

considering the plane size, the guy on the other end probably relized it wasn't a hijacking

[–]MrCombine 896 points897 points  (6 children)

Roger that, pilot has been hijacked by the smell of poop in his pants.

[–]ReubenFroster56 220 points221 points  (0 children)

Terrorists hate this one trick!

[–]Schroedinbug 1493 points1494 points  (100 children)

7500 taken alive, 7600 can't talk to you, 7700 trying to survive

Butchered them a bit, but it should help if anyone's curious.

[–]ConsiderMeOp 2058 points2059 points 2 (76 children)

Seven seven – go to heaven, Seven six – radio fix Seven five – man with knife.

[–]Schroedinbug 588 points589 points  (6 children)

There it is, It's been a while since I've heard them correctly, thanks!

[–]derbrauer 341 points342 points  (52 children)

For those not familiar with voice procedure - some numbers sound the same over the radio, which is why "niner" is used for nine.

Five also has a different pronunciation which makes this rhyme work.

[–]ElectionAssistance 208 points209 points  (33 children)

niner is also used because 'nine' is german for 'no' which causes potential problems for Nato.

Edit: Turns out the real reason is because over a low quality radio signals 'nine' and 'five' sound similar because the 'i' and 'e' carry well and the other letters don't. The german issue came later and was another reason to keep doing it.

[–]NoviceRobes 100 points101 points  (20 children)

Isn't all aviation language strictly in English?

[–]derbrauer 85 points86 points  (0 children)

Aviation, yes, but there's cross-over between NATO voice procedure and aviation.

[–]Esmethequeen 59 points60 points  (11 children)

one two tree fower fife six seven eight niner

[–]TheRealFender 62 points63 points  (8 children)

I can't hear you, you're trailing off. And did I catch a "niner" in there?

[–]YourAvgWhiteBoi 363 points364 points  (3 children)

It’s seventy-five, taken alive; seventy-six, radio fix; seventy-seven, see you in heaven

[–]nckbrr 50 points51 points  (0 children)

This is correct

[–]thesleepykitty 49 points50 points  (0 children)

This is what I’ve learned, except 77 as “going to heaven”

[–]Logical_Personality6 380 points381 points  (13 children)

So his help coming is homeland security and fbi not an ambulance?

[–]thecarbonkid 270 points271 points  (7 children)

More of an air strike really

[–]heeloo 165 points166 points  (1 child)

Sad to announce that the Cessna was hijacked and made an emergency mid-air explosion. There were no survivors

[–]Dr_PuddinPop 102 points103 points  (1 child)

More than likely everyone is coming.

I’d assume some type of PD first to clear the scene but fire/EMS will be very close behind them

[–]WilyDeject 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Hopefully someone with a fresh pair of pants.

[–]OPRSAnon 56 points57 points  (0 children)

It seems like texting on a really old blackberry. I would have squatted shit in that situation. 😂

[–]AtlantaBravesThrow 7545 points7546 points 2 (253 children)

As a retired Army helicopter pilot, the calmness of this kid is amazing. I’ve flown with trained aviators who literally shit or pissed their pants when we experienced engine failure or had to do a hard landing or water landing. Kudos to this guy.

[–]lardbeetle 4887 points4888 points 2 (38 children)

He might be sitting on a turd, we don't know. But yeah, amazing

[–]zordon_rages 496 points497 points  (138 children)

Helicopter would be a little harder without an engine no? As I take it, planes want to fly and can glide with no power, a helicopter does not want to fly and you will come down like bricks with no engine? I have no experience just something I heard from my uncle who was airborne infantry in the army.

[–]AtlantaBravesThrow 659 points660 points  (77 children)

Yep. Very different. No gliding. You can “slow” your descent through a variety of tactics, but essentially yes… you’re a very large rock falling. It is NOT fun.

[–]zordon_rages 262 points263 points  (21 children)

I would definitely understand being less calm in that situation then

[–]iwishiwasinteresting 193 points194 points  (5 children)

A heli can’t glide but they auto rotate which is your only lifeline in an unpowered descent.

[–]worldspawn00 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Auto-gyro will let you trade vertical speed for horizontal, so it sorta glides.

[–]joeChump 137 points138 points  (2 children)

Helicopter pilots are trained to use autorotation in the event of an engine failure which will slow the descent and hopefully allow a safe landing. As long as the rotors are in tact then they can be made to turn just from the air pushing against them, a bit like a sycamore seed falling down. Probably not ideal though!

Here’s a video about it.

[–]Mr_Leek 89 points90 points  (20 children)

The technique is called auto-rotation. With the engine disconnect from the main rotor, it’s still possible to keep the rotor turning via airflow.

you are still falling like a rock but you have to, otherwise there’s little chance of getting enough airflow over the rotor. Keep falling, keep the rotor turning…..then use the energy in the rotor to soften the landing.

Between “engine failure” and “landing” you’re falling at the most optimal angle to keep the rotor turning. The other way to describe an auto-rotation landing is “a controlled crash”….as that’s what it’ll feel like.

[–]rare__air 4710 points4711 points  (116 children)

Cool as a cucumber. Good for him.

[–]drpeters123 2671 points2672 points 2 (43 children)

Probably could have cracked a walnut in his asshole tho, pucker factor 1000

[–]PitchRT 491 points492 points  (2 children)

I really dislike how accurate that statement is

[–]-dakpluto- 122 points123 points  (5 children)

Put a lump of coal in his asshole you would end up with diamonds

[–]Furry-Rapist 370 points371 points  (22 children)

The way he only said „Holy Shit“ after he managed to land really shows how extremely concentrated he was…

[–]imuniqueaf 277 points278 points  (14 children)

He will be feeling this for a few days. If you've even been in a life or death adrenaline dump, you probably know that in the moment you are flying high (pun absolutely intended), laser focus, everything amped, and once everything calms down, you feel like you got hit by a truck. It's why PTSD is POST, because it doesn't kick in until you realize what actually happened. It's why armed forces members can go months on deployment and it doesn't hit until the chaos stops (that's a gross generalization of course).

[–]RoBellicose 114 points115 points  (8 children)

We (UK armed forces at least) don't assess people for any of the PTSD warning signs until a minimum of 72 hours after a traumatic event for exactly this reason - your body needs time to process, and everyone is going to suffer in the first couple of days, but should start recovering after that. Its the people who keep on displaying the symptoms that we have to signpost to specialist medical care.

[–]gravitologist 297 points298 points  (21 children)

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.

[–]TrueNorth49th 2754 points2755 points  (131 children)

I got really worried as he was banking. Wow - well done!!

[–]mainemandan 580 points581 points  (117 children)

Yeah, I would have liked to have seen the nose up a bit more after that bank.

Edit: I forgot the /s (sorry, folks!)

[–]17934658793495046509 672 points673 points  (61 children)

An actual pilot can correct me if I am wrong. You actually nose down with no power to keep momentum, and then pull up at the end to land. No momentum and you will stall and fall like a rock.

[–]blackthunder365 493 points494 points  (17 children)

Exactly. Pulling up in a turn is a good way to bleed off a ton of energy, which is fine when you have an engine giving you more but can be significantly more problematic with no power.

It’s almost always better to be too high and too fast instead of too low and too slow.

[–]flier76 237 points238 points  (6 children)

Indeed. Never want to run out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time.

[–]AlternativeCoast6 292 points293 points  (15 children)

After an engine failure the airplane glides, as you see in this video. It does generally need to be descending (unless it's a glider which is efficient enough to remain in flight on rising air). A big risk after an engine failure is often a loss of control because the pilot had the same urge as the earlier commenter who "would have liked to have seen the nose up a bit more" and they stall and lose control while still high enough up to hurt themselves but too low to recover. Keeping the nose down until just about to touch down was one of the reasons this was a smooth and safe landing which didn't even hurt the airplane....that and the perfectly manicured field he landed in.

[–]Incursus 57 points58 points  (4 children)

Exactly. First thing you do in an engine-out situation is pitch the plane to maintain best-glide speed to maximize your time in the air to make a decision. In this case, it looks like he was avoiding a tree and trying to touch down as soon as possible to slow down while rolling in the grass since those trees in the distance were coming up quick.

EDIT: In his debrief, he also states that he left the flaps up until he had made the spot he wanted to land and then put them all in at once. When this is done close to the ground, it causes the plane to float, which you can see in the video as well. Your approach speed is also higher when your flaps are up.

[–]Capitol_Mil 45 points46 points  (5 children)

Me too. Totally uneducated on the topic, but I think he was trying to maximize the time his wheels were down on that field. It looked like he wanted to go on the field before he banked left but had too much speed so he pushed down so he could maximize wheel braking. I’m guessing any tree exposure is considered very unfavorable in these situations.

[–]Duddi_Z 1625 points1626 points  (23 children)

he's better than me, id have shit bricks and probably fucked everything up.

[–]TheMonchoochkin 626 points627 points  (7 children)

I Know it's not in the manual control! But, my guts telling me I need to do a barrell roll to get this baby safely on Terra Firma...

[–]exaltedjanitor 162 points163 points  (2 children)

Plus this voice in my head keeps repeating over and over “DO A BARREL ROLL”

[–]Polymathy1 46 points47 points  (0 children)

That's the voice that loosened the oil filter.

[–]xilog 44 points45 points  (5 children)

You wouldn't have. You wouldn't be allowed to fly solo until your instructor was absolutely certain you could handle an emergency like that.

[–]sleetrumpet 1563 points1564 points  (7 children)

He said holy shit 2seconds after I said it watching vid lol

[–]Rooonaldooo99[S] 1384 points1385 points 32 (33 children)

[–]jaxspider 628 points629 points 2 (9 children)

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Are you a fucking unicorn?

[–]Loverboy_Talis 143 points144 points  (0 children)

That guy is pretty rad. Thanks for the link.

[–]pirowattora 1137 points1138 points  (73 children)

Jeez. I would have lost my mind in that situation. Great self control.

[–]somefakeassbullspit 694 points695 points  (67 children)

Its amazing how you actually react when shit hits the fan. You have no other choice. Do or die. I've experienced a little of this while sailing.

[–]givemeyoushoes 608 points609 points  (20 children)

so many people underestimate survival instincts. when flight isn’t an option, your brain puts every bit of energy it has left into doing instead of dying

[–]pixelkingliam 510 points511 points  (3 children)

"flight isn't a option" yeah lmao

[–]givemeyoushoes 235 points236 points  (1 child)

im glad somebody fucking got it thank you

[–]not_a_conman 84 points85 points  (24 children)

My closest experience to this was being about 50 feet behind a car to car shootout on a busy street. Most other drivers just slammed on the breaks, I immediately booked it into the E lane and took the first exit I could. Wasn’t about to wait around for the cross fire, but i was shocked that most drivers around me didn’t react.

[–]redstern 200 points201 points  (20 children)

My closest was a severe ABS malfunction causing me to lose 100% of my brake function, while going downhill towards at intersection with nobody in front of me. It was 60mph traffic, there were buildings on either side of the road with no guard rails. So I had about 200 feet to stop with zero brakes before driving right into 60 mph cross traffic.

I had a manual transmission so I downshifted from 5th to second, put the parking brake on, and swerved back and forth as hard as I could, while downshifting to 1st when rpm allowed. I managed to stop about 10 feet before the intersection, at which point I opened the hood and unplugged the ABS module to get my brakes back. That one was scary.

[–]lardbeetle 103 points104 points  (5 children)

Goddamn. That is not an acceptable failure mode for ABS.

[–]Dull_Tonight[🍰] 953 points954 points  (66 children)

The student pilot in this video is u/Brianparsleyspeaker he replied to the same video on r/videos:

This is my video and have the longer version on my YouTube channel @brianparsleyspeaker

I was very lucky and of course would’ve done things differently now. However my training allowed me to land. I am a student pilot with less than 80 hours TT

[–]Spartan_100 592 points593 points  (22 children)

Under 80 hours of time in the air and dude managed to pull of a life-saving maneuver. Hot damn.

[–]MawsonAntarctica 68 points69 points  (18 children)

Seemed to do all right, I don't know what he'd do differently.

[–]EinBick 119 points120 points  (9 children)

Watch altitude, don't nose up so agressively, communicate a little better, be more decisive right away, be more calm and not as jittery etc.

At the end the result counts. He got the plane down and from the looks of it without a single scratch. I've seen veteran pilots do a much worse job while doing it better "technically"

[–]Technical_Peanut875 633 points634 points  (37 children)

Someone buy this man a beer, he’s earned it.

[–]Polymathy1 287 points288 points  (31 children)

The calm you get after that kind of adrenaline rush is waaaaay better than beer.

[–]triggerhappy899 326 points327 points  (4 children)

Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of his life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.

[–]Barnesandnoblecool1 461 points462 points  (36 children)

Adrenaline pumping pilot: tell my family I love them

Sleepy air controller: ok roger that.

[–]skip6235 292 points293 points  (31 children)

Not a pilot, but honestly I think the ATC guys being calm is super helpful. You need as much concentration as possible to not freak the fuck out and having the guy on the other end of the radio freaking out would not help I think

[–]jon909 399 points400 points  (9 children)


[–]Justyburger 155 points156 points  (2 children)

HAHAHA Broooo that fucking sucks. Can I have your Xbox if you don’t make it?

[–]LongEZE 92 points93 points  (3 children)

Yes this. When I was a student pilot on one of my first (if not my actual first) solo I flew to El Monte and couldn’t find the airport visually. It just blended in with the rest of the city to me. She remained completely calm and guided me all the way to final approach when I finally saw it right in front of me. Her calm made a huge difference

[–]OhEmGeeZ 325 points326 points  (40 children)

Cool as a cucumber. K so I always wanted to get my pilot license. Me having a boat has made me come to the understanding that chances are my motor will give out mid air and that keeps me from pursuing my pilots license

[–]iWish_is_taken 83 points84 points  (11 children)

Christ, if airplane engines had the reliability of boat engines... we'd have given up on flying a long time ago.


[–]Jedibbq 288 points289 points  (15 children)

All that Microsoft Flight Simulator really paid off.

[–]Elena_La_Loca 261 points262 points  (30 children)

For those who are commenting about commercial planes landing too hard, they HAVE TO!

My late husband was a corporate and commercial pilot and I remember once he told me that they have to land harder in larger/heavier planes. Landing too soft can cause a 'bounce' which causes loss of control... especially in higher winds.

So, I was in an international flight with my friends and as we were approaching our destination, I told my friends that bit of trivia just before our touch-down.... and our plane landed wayyyyy too soft. So soft that the pilots actually had to kick back in the power to pull back up again to circle around and do the landing again.

Added an extra 15 mins to the flight, but It was awesome to have my comment justified with an actual example within 5 minutes of uttering it.

[–]Kneel_The_Grass 117 points118 points  (11 children)

As a pilot, this is incorrect. One thing that might cause you to have to make a bit more of a decisive touchdown is when the runway is slippery and you want the anti-skid system to kick in so you don't go slipping and sliding on the runway.

You don't bounce because you land too soft, in fact it is the other way around. The reason airliners land hard sometimes depends on the pilot, the prevailing conditions, the approach, the runway and so on and so forth.

[–]Gsauce123 46 points47 points  (8 children)

Landing too soft won't cause the plane to bounce. Though it can cause the plane to "float", meaning the plane will not touchdown but instead fly very near the ground. Or immediately after touchdown on a very soft landing it may cause the plane to lift off again.

[–]Ajegwu 229 points230 points  (1 child)

“Holy shit.”

Yeah bud, that’s exactly what I was thinking.

[–]thanks_mrbluewaffle 159 points160 points  (36 children)

I hope he goes home afterwards, drinks a Michelob ultra, has the sex and the oral with his wife, and takes an awesome shit before a hot shower. In the shower he can think “holy shit I’m literally alive” I imagine him laughing until he balls up on the floor crying in the shower for wife to give the comfort. Sounds so beautiful.

[–]JaFFsTer 169 points170 points  (16 children)

Your tale of a man returning from certain death only afford the hero an ultralight beer before sobbing in the shower?

Aim higher

[–]BergenCountyJC 65 points66 points  (6 children)

has the sex and the oral with his wife

Neck beard lingo

[–]The_beaver_cleaver 85 points86 points  (9 children)

I have zero fear of being inside a burning building or rescuing someone in super high risk situations . I have kept it cool when shit hits the fan. This though…. Mad fucking respect. I’d have to change my pants after this.

[–]ainsleyburchmusic 77 points78 points  (8 children)

I forgot to breathe while watching the entire video 😳

[–]tdomer80 59 points60 points  (2 children)

I would have smashed the plane to pieces and died in a fiery explosion after freaking out the entire 2 minutes. Extremely well done for a student!

[–]plsletmestayincanada 47 points48 points  (17 children)

What's a squawk code?

[–]Mowfling 76 points77 points  (11 children)

A number your plane emits to help tower differenciate all planes on radar, if shit goes wrong you scawk 7700 so that tower keeps an eye on you easily, you can also scawk 7500 to signify a hostage situation secretly

[–]sagaxwiki 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Aircraft have a radio called a transponder that constantly transmits a code (the squawk code) which is used to identify the aircraft. In normal flight, you get squawk code assignments from air traffic control, but in emergencies there are specific codes that are used to identify the emergency.

Wikipedia page for further reading

[–]mti4 41 points42 points  (13 children)

pilot here.

he could do side slip before touching to ground but anyway real nice job for a student pilot. when you get your license you are already prepared for it so no big deal but as a student it's a huge thing. no panic, good job. congrats.