Worst 747 Landing Ever Recorded? | Viral Debrief

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free form Let's get into it! I'll tell you a quick story about
a 747 incident that happened and why it relates
to this one here.

A 747-8 which is the largest
freighter that they make on the 747, we can be at roughly a million
pounds when we get ready to take off. That's a lot of momentum to have as you're going down the
runway at 150, 160 knots. What happened in this 747 story was
is as they were rolling down the runway, a door message came up. Now, the 747 has a logic system and things that will advise you when
stuff is something that's very important and things that they won't advise
you of that it's not very important. It has a whole
logic system that the engineers who are way
smarter than most pilots understand really
what the risk is. If you try to stop a 747 when you're
going 160 knots down the runway and you're on, let's say,
a three-mile long runway that's a lot of momentum.

If you're close to a million pounds,
that's a lot of momentum to try to stop. So what happens is they
call that a "High-speed reject". That High-speed reject is something
that most pilots always want to avoid. We have a speed that we decide that
we're going to go flying no matter what. Below that speed, it is your
choice to reject the takeoff or not. But in many cases,
even though you're not at that speed yet where
you have to take off in some cases it's
smarter to take off and the logic in that computer on the
747 will not make a noise or an alert for things that are
not that high of a risk. And that's what
happened in this situation. They got this message
that the door had opened. Now, that's something
that if your door opens on a 747
depending on what door it is you can still take off,
come back around and land.

You don't need to pressurize. You could be at 3,000
feet. Not a big deal. Come back in around and
land and you're going to be fine. It's not something that's ideal but it's probably not going to
cause you to crash when you take off. Now, hindsight is
always 20/20 right? Like in this situation
here. You go: "Well, obviously you
should have taken off". Well, we know that because
we're watching that video. Now, in his situation
what happened is They decided to
abort the takeoff. They forgot to use
the thrust reversers because aborting a takeoff is only
something that you really do in training especially a high-speed
abort like this. It's not something
you normally do. They ended up melting all
of the tires and the brakes and there were all kinds of problems
because they forgot to do some things. There is a rejected
takeoff brake setting but if you stomp on the
brakes, it kicks that off. So, anyway. There were some things that
went wrong in this situation here but the reason I bring that up
is because in this situation here, had that pilot continue to take off
and come back around and land? Would he have been in
more danger or less danger? I've talked about the story before when
I was doing my first multi-engine flight.

My door that was
next to me came open. It's kind of like this here. If that door were to rip off, It
would have flown over the plane. It probably would have landed
somewhere there at the airport. Probably nobody
would have been hurt. And they could have came
back in around and landed again. If that airport, for
example, was at Big Bear or somewhere where
there's a cliff at the end and you were to try to
do this, make that decision you're going to go up
the end of the cliff and you're going to be in a
lot more trouble than just coming in around and
coming back and landing again.

So I want to let you pilots know if you're
in a situation that you're on a runway, that's something to consider. Now, this is a split
second decision here. Just like the
captain on the 747. Someone yelled "Door!" They decided to make that split
deck decision of aborting the takeoff. It costs about a million dollars
to replace all those things and in this case, I don't
know how much it was. Definitely wasn't
a million dollars but it's something to consider as
a pilot, if you have this situation, sometimes it's better to
come back around and land. Now, you can make that argument to get on
the ground would be the safer choice here. Because he thought:
"Well, I don't know what's going to happen" Or
"What other door was open".

You could make an
argument either way. I think in hindsight the pilot probably
would have preferred to go back around and just fly and
come back in and land and I'm sure if he encounters
this exact situation again which is probably
one in a trillion, He would think: "All right, I'm gonna
go back around and come in and land". Unfortunately, that's just not
the way things work in aviation. Very rare for that to happen Very rare for the door
to pop open for me but I learned something from
it and luckily when I was flying I had my flight instructor
with me and she said: "All right, we're going to come back
in and round and land. No big deal". And then once we landed, she
kind of made it a teaching moment of Aviate, navigate and
then communicate.

She said: "Don't focus on the door".
Even though I was holding onto the door She's like: "Don't
focus on the door" "The door is just
going to stay closed" "Fly back around
and come in and land". "Not a big deal". It was kind of in the wind
but it wasn't a big deal. Same thing with this situation. Had the pilot gone up and come
around? He would have been fine.

It would have been a split second
decision so it's hard to criticize him and if you're watching
this, I don't blame you. I think, depending on your experience,
maybe even now if a door came open, in that situation that's right in front of
you, you say: "Oh, that's not normal" "I'm gonna land". But he was already
pretty far down the runway and he didn't have time
to stop the aircraft in time. So it didn't work out. As you can see here as
soon as the pilot landed, he realized that he had
made a bad decision. And you can tell that
based off of the cuss words that I bleeped
out with the seatbelt sign.

That's never good. Nicely done! I think it would be
great if people had front-facing cameras
that are facing their face kind of like what I
did for 7-4 burger. So that way I could see
the face of someone that just watched their propeller
shoot off of their plane. That's just so crazy and so
abnormal to have something like that and catch it on video. So I have a question for you: Would you rather have your engine seize
up and lock with your propeller on there or would you rather
have your propeller shoot off like what
happened in this video? In both scenarios, you
don't have an engine to help get you to
where you want to go. In one scenario, you have the
propeller out there which is adding drag to slow you down to maybe
getting further in your flight. So of the two situations, having your engine locked
up or not being able to help you where the propeller
is creating drag or your propeller shooting
off besides wondering if it's going to hit
somebody on the ground. Of the two situations, it'd be better
to have your propeller shoot off.

So technically, this
guy is really lucky. Even though I'm sure he didn't feel
like that in that particular situation. The reason I bring it
up is because you think: "Your propeller has flown
off! That's got to be scary!". It's just as equally scary as having your
engine stop when you only have one engine. Jokes aside, this pilot
did an amazing job. Whether your engine seizes up or you have
your propeller shoot off of your plane, either way, you're gonna have to
find a place to land pretty quickly. Luckily he was able
to land at an airport. I don't know if that's
his normal airport but he seemed to be able
to find it pretty quickly. I sped up the tape so we didn't
have to watch all the descent but he seemed to be able to find
that and land there pretty quickly.

Very nicely done. As he turns here for the
airport, he's obviously very high which means he's going
to be going faster and float. But 100% that was
the right choice here. You don't have extra
power. It's easier to kill energy than make energy when
you've lost your engine. And I have no idea what
he's grabbing for down here, thankfully It wasn't his phone or
a GoPro to do a last-minute selfie but if you know what It is, please
tell me in the comment section because I am so curious.

Because he was coming in very high
like that, it meant he was going to float because he had all this
additional speed which is what you're going
to want in this situation with a long runway. You'd be better to land along
down the runway like that and go off the end at
10 miles an hour than miss the runway which
I've seen a guy do. I saw a guy who had
a multi-engine failure. We'll not talk about
what the real reason was but he thought he had
a multi-engine failure and he ended up missing the runway
by like 10 feet which really sucked. But you'd be better to
land and come in too fast and land a little bit long and
go up the runway at 10 knots.

In this case, he landed and
was able to slow down and stop so he did a really
really great job here. But the best part of this
video is after he lands. He gets out and
looks at his plane. This is the look of all
disappointed fathers like: "How could you do this to
me, after all, I've done for you?" Hopefully, this guy finds
that propeller because man that would be so cool
to mount up on your wall and have in your house and
then have this video to go with it.

That would be so cool. I don't know if it's
going to help you convince your wife to
go flying with you or not on a nice sunday
day like this but Hey, man congratulations! You did
a great job here. It was well executed. You came in fast which is
what I would do in that situation. You landed on the runway. You got everything done. You
got the plane on the ground safely. Anyways, that
was very well done! Embarrassing. The truth is is that no
matter what's going on, no matter how windy or
whatever the situation may be no pilot is ever going to feel
good about a landing like this. I've had some landings
that if they were on video they would probably have ended up
on this series. They've been pretty hard. Not in a 747. The 747 is actually pretty
easy to fly in most respects. It's really hard to
bounce this aircraft.

Now, this pilot seemed to be
competing with the Silkway pilot that smashed it in
a few months ago on that other Viral Debrief. They didn't quite
get there though. So this is really interesting
angle because we are looking right down
the middle of the runway. These main tires right here
should actually be right here. This is clearly a windy day which adds an additional challenge
to the pilot that's landing this aircraft.

The thing is that when we're
landing in gusty conditions which I don't know if this is. I know
it's windy it. May also be gusty. If the gust is coming and going
as you're getting ready to land, It's an additional challenge because you
could lose 10, 15, or 20 knots in the gust and right as you're
getting ready to touch down and that can cause the plane
to slam hard into the ground. But to mitigate that and
reduce the risk of that happening, we have something
called a Wind Additive where we're going to start to
fly faster than we normally would so that way if that gust goes away, we
don't have exactly what you see here.

A firm landing on
a 747 is one thing, playing hopscotch on a 747
is something totally different. As an example of a Win Additive, I
just recently was coming into Miami I think our approach
speed, the speed that we're coming in to get
ready to touch down, was somewhere around 174 knots. So a normal plane would
maybe be around 130, maybe 140. If you're looking at a small
plane, it might be 60 to 80. So I'm doing about double what
a small plane would be doing. And so for some of you that
fly smaller planes you think: "My gosh! It does happen very
quick. You have a lot of momentum" And that's why over time
you build up to larger aircraft. So we agree this is the line here
where the tires should be lined up. So let's start with
the fact that the pilots are way to the right
of the runway here. You can see they are
trying to correct to the left and to their credit, they're doing
while keeping the wings mostly level.

Which is super important
on a large aircraft like this. Something that will happen with
pilots is that everything will be set up. We're getting ready to land and
we don't want to do a go-around. Things don't look right. Your plane's all over the place and it doesn't look like: "Hey!
It's going to work out really well, but we just want to complete
this task of landing the aircraft". And I've seen that happen
with a brand new pilot. I've done it when I
was in flight school. I haven't done it on a 747 but I've gotten pretty
close to where it was right on the border of
doing a go-around or not. So it's just something that
you should always remember if you're coming in
and it doesn't look good, just do a go-around, come
back around and try it again.

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