Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating.

Morgan created the video to accompany his lengthy Quora response to the question: “What should I do if the pilot passes out and I (with no flight training) have to land the plane?” The article provides a wealth of information about piloting a jet and if you’ve ever been genuinely curious about what the countless knobs, dials, buttons, and gauges in a cockpit do, it’s certainly worth a read.


But should you find yourself on a flight where both pilots have lost consciousness, it’s doubtful you’ll be reaching for your phone in order to save the day. You’d need to be in an actual Boeing 737 cockpit for the instructions to make any sense, and the odds of downloading a ten minute video on crappy airline wi-fi before the inevitable happens are slim to none.

[YouTube via Quora]



I have actually been in a 737 training simulator (as in the real deal which counts as actual flight hours for pilots with a major airline) with zero flight experience beyond playing some flight simulator games (not a junkie, and mostly A-10 tank killer).

I had some verbal guidance and a 2 minute “briefing” on the controls. After that I successfully took off and landed the 737 simulator with no damage (the landing was a bit hard but my “guide” assured me that is was within tolerance). In total, I have 4 hours of flight experience from that amazing opportunity and the only time I crashed (despite my “guide” having some serious fun with me, aka mechanical difficulties, crosswind, storm, etc.) was when he insisted I experience it and push forward on the controls.

The systems are pretty sophisticated and I fully believe that someone with half a brain who had solid guidance could absolutely land a 737 with zero previous experience. Downloading the video at the right time... unlikely but how hard would it be to have a pre-loaded tablet in the cockpit.