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Series 1 - World's Scariest Plane Landings

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From skilled to not-so-skilled pilots, adverse weather conditions and mechanical failure, this selection of sometimes petrifying moments, shot on home video, give as-it-happened views from the ground or inside the planes.

Among the gripping footage is hair-raising British landings at London’s City Airport and in Leeds, an engine catching fire as a heron flies into it during the take-off of a Thompson flight. There's also coverage of the incredible Hudson River landing in January in 2009, with comment from one of the passengers who recalls that she left the plane through first class and got into a life-raft, whilst those passengers who left through economy ended up sitting on the wing…

An exclusive interview with Captain Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the US Airways flight and its 155 passengers safely in the Manhattan river, provides an understanding of the complex process that well-trained pilots go through in such high octane moments.

Comments (81)

  • Blade

    10 months ago

    Blade

    The worlds scarcest plain landings ))))))) Boring Boring what a waste of time. I was looking forward to this program until I started to watch it.... talk about drag it out really ! Bad poor program made all melodramatic !!! and dragging it out, trying to make a program you would say is interesting, dragged out to the point as I have done walked away from it!!! What a shame as it could have been a good program..... but like always channel 5, they go over the top and spoil the programs. Yes another BAD program by Channel 5 !

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  • Elayne

    1 year ago

    Elayne

    P L E A S E have the commentator distinguish planes and 'copters CORRECTLY. BOEING AND AIRBUS AIRCRAFT are totally different plus there is not such thing as a C130 HELICOPTER.

  • anna robson

    over 1 year ago

    anna robson

    proper scary and ting mate

  • Damian

    over 1 year ago

    Damian

    What a human being his time was then he lived his life for that moment was ment to be death was at the door for someone that day but something ifterviened the skills of that man was brought by years of exsperianxe no one else would have landed that flight there is a reason to this we should watch the survivors closeky

  • Johan

    over 1 year ago

    Johan

    This was the most irritating program ever! I love aviation, the stories were interesting but I had to keep checking my sky dish because of the distortion effects they use - It made me feel physically ill

  • Dr France

    over 1 year ago

    Dr France

    @Lloyd - I don't see whats funny about that, someone has to live there

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  • Jerry Townsend

    almost 2 years ago

    Jerry Townsend

    poor program viewing due to intrusive, selfish adverts. This is why youtube leads the market (even with limited ads)

  • md11chrisack

    almost 2 years ago

    md11chrisack

    the worst landing was without doubt the lh a320 attempting a landing on ils in 70mph crosswinds though the jet blue situation was severe the pilot always had control of the wing gear and although a fire was inevitable an experienced piot would have it under control.

  • smug smith

    almost 2 years ago

    smug smith

    Good show, but loaded with misinformation, as we know. Too bad reporters don't validate their info. They make it out to be a lot more dangerous as it really is. Most of the landings were pretty much routine emergenices (if you can call them routine), but pretty much a non issue. Rarely is anyone hurt from landing gear mishap, partial gear or gear up. And engine out landing is also pretty easy, especially in an overpowered 757, but it's the training that makes it easy. The only really scary landing was Sully's landing in the Hudson... now that was a real feat of expert airmanship. Too bad he wasn't in a Boeing, it would have not happened. But it was an interesting program.

  • DOC

    2 years ago

    DOC

    EPIC FAIL!!! of a documentary. Inaccurate information throughout! Quote, "AC130 Hercules helicopter". Are these researchers morons!? Don't take this program seriously. Get a grip Five.

  • ronb12

    2 years ago

    ronb12

    would like to see one on militery aircraft.

  • vs

    2 years ago

    vs

    The miracle on the hudson was a flight from New York to Charlotte not Seatle as mentioned in the show.

  • barry

    2 years ago

    barry

    Carrying 140 passengers and six crew, the Airbus A320-232 aircraft departed from Burbank at 3:17 pm PDT (UTC-7). The aircraft, which was built in 2002,[1] bore the tail number N536JB and the name "Canyon Blue". was defo an airbus and not a 737

  • Scott Adams

    2 years ago

    Scott Adams

    I think we got the point that the planes were narrated wrongly - please get over it and stop repeating what everybody else has already said

  • C Archer

    2 years ago

    C Archer

    A C-130 Hercules is a small North/South korean hatchback produced in the capital Paris!!!!! Get your facts right production team.......ps any research jobs going???

  • Lee Elliott

    2 years ago

    Lee Elliott

    Tried to report a problem with this video because it NEEDS an epilepsy warning due the the flickering and distorting video effects - didn't get an option to say what the problem was though.

  • Aviatior

    2 years ago

    Aviatior

    A good Show but most landings were normal procedure and the go arounds/Mayday were to. The JetBlue was a 737 not a A320 and a C130 is not a helicopter. Apart from that i look forward to more aviation based programmes.

  • Phil Nicholls

    2 years ago

    Phil Nicholls

    Doesn't Channel 5 have a recent library shot of Manhattan as I could see the World Trade Centre in the first clip depicting New York City

  • Phil Nicholls

    2 years ago

    Phil Nicholls

    Doesn't Channel 5 have a recent library shot of Manhattan as I could see the World Trade Centre in the first clip depicting New York City

  • Adam

    2 years ago

    Adam

    JetBlue 737??? its an Airbus A320, Jetblue doesn't operate Boeing 737

  • Phil

    2 years ago

    Phil

    felt like throwing something at the TV. What was it with all the "Visual Effects"? Totally ruined the program for me.

  • Bryan

    2 years ago

    Bryan

    Very good landing no doubt, but it is not the greatest. The best BY FAR is 2003 Baghdad DHL!

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  • nads Mudies

    2 years ago

    nads Mudies

    Types of aircrafts are pet issues guys to talk about, nway thats my opinion lets not distort the idea by such pet issues

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  • Ally Pang

    2 years ago

    Ally Pang

    Airline pilots earn every penny of their pay! I can remember a crew bringing us in to a very bumpy landing in a Thomas Cook 737 at Malaga during a freak hot wind-storm - - Those two young lads looked rather ashen as we left the aircraft ; in the passengers' eyes - they were 'Stars'! - they would certainly have had a good explanation for the amount of lipstick on their cheeks when they got home !

  • rogo

    2 years ago

    rogo

    ok ok so they got a few facts wrong admittedly but i expect they dont get the same amount of intensive training a 1st officer and pilot get when learning there trade, as they say if you cant do teach (hhmmm) keep the proffessionals in the air

  • Steve

    2 years ago

    Steve

    Yet another aviation programme which talks about "the pilot". When will the media ever learn that there are TWO PILOTS in the flight deck of a modern airliner. Two pilots, one Captain, one First Officer, both working together, making informed decisions as a collective. The media need to work harder with aviation programmes to emphasise the multi-crew operation.

  • Aidan

    over 2 years ago

    Aidan

    Despite the fact that the documentary got a number of facts wrong, the stories being told are really inspiring, well worth watching and incredible. Watching the documentary, I can almost visualise being there and experiencing these events alongside those who were actually there. Brilliant documentary. Thanks for sharing.

  • Peggy Hill

    over 2 years ago

    Peggy Hill

    That was not a 737 asthe guy in the film said...IT WAS a 319

  • Trevor

    over 2 years ago

    Trevor

    jet blue is an Airbus A320 not a 737 made by Boeing....

  • Trevor

    over 2 years ago

    Trevor

    jet blue is an Airbus A320 not a 737 made by Boeing....

  • lorraine

    over 2 years ago

    lorraine

    was sat in my back garden having a coffee the morning of the thompson airlines event at manchester....cant tell you how scary it was to see a plane emerge into the sky with what seemed to be an engine on fire....absolutely terrifyin and the noise from the engine trying to expel the bird was deafening.well done to the pilot and crew for landing the plane safely

  • lorraine

    over 2 years ago

    lorraine

    was sat in my back garden having a coffee the morning of the thompson airlines event at manchester....cant tell you how scary it was to see a plane emerge into the sky with what seemed to be an engine on fire....absolutely terrifyin and the noise from the engine trying to expel the bird was deafening.well done to the pilot and crew for landing the plane safely

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  • Sprintex & Clarabel

    over 2 years ago

    Sprintex & Clarabel

    Watching this now I can only echo the criticism of all the glaring and stupid errors already pointed out above. Over-sensationalised and grossly inaccurate airplane information spoiled what would otherwise be a good programme.

  • martha

    over 2 years ago

    martha

    this show was pretty boring by scary plane landing standards. youtube has more interesting vids

  • jade and saffron

    over 2 years ago

    jade and saffron

    very interesting programme to watch and quite scary!

  • jay

    over 2 years ago

    jay

    concorde has 4 engines not 2

  • John Richardson

    over 2 years ago

    John Richardson

    Amateur commentary - 1st Aircraft shown was an Airbus A320 NOT a Boeing 737. Concord had 4 engines NOT 2. The C130 is a 4 engined military transport NOT a helicopter. The LOT pilot "had a plan", to land on the aircraft's belly. With the undercarriage failing to extend, this was NOT a plan but an inevitability. Can't be bothered to comment on the other errors. For heavens sake, get someone to write the scripts, who knows what they are talking about.

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  • Dave Jobson

    over 2 years ago

    Dave Jobson

    Great videos ruined by bombastic intrusive background music..

  • John

    over 2 years ago

    John

    Get a grip its only a programme, and nothing major happened, just got wrong aircraft type, get over it!!!!!!!

  • Dee

    over 2 years ago

    Dee

    And anyway, what's so scary about landing at St Maarten (or St Maartens as they wrongly called it in the programme)... it's perfectly fine for those in the plane! It's only those on the beach that need worry...

  • Dee

    over 2 years ago

    Dee

    I take it nobody from Channel 5 actually bothers to read this forum? Well, they didn't bother to do their research properly, so I guess they won't read this. Any chance of an apology Channel 5 for your ineptitude?

  • Graeme

    over 2 years ago

    Graeme

    Constantly shifting picture (trying to blend in with the amateur footage?) and stupid sound effects ("whoosh", "zeep", "biddleoop") were annoying. I endured it till the end because I wanted to see the Hudson landing again, but I really shouldn't have bothered. I won't be watching the rest of the series.

  • Doug

    over 2 years ago

    Doug

    Who did the research on this programme ? Calling an Airbus A320 a B737 was bad enough, but I thought I had misheard when the narrator said "a Hercules C130 helicopter" and then "Concorde has 2 engines", absolute classic !! Have they never heard of Google ?!!

  • mowsman

    over 2 years ago

    mowsman

    what a complete waste of my time,sack the lot of them

  • John

    over 2 years ago

    John

    As an Aviation student, it annoys me when the documentartys get facts wrong.

  • Matt

    over 2 years ago

    Matt

    How much research did you guys do before you made this programme? Making stupid mistakes like getting not only the model but the manufacturer wrong suggests you did no research! Imagine if 5th Gear claimed a BMW 1 series to be a Mercedes S Class, yes, that's how stupid your mistakes are!

  • Andy

    over 2 years ago

    Andy

    whoever wrote the show synopsis needs to watch the show - the Thompson flight ingested a CROW into it's starboard engine (no.2 engine) NOT a Heron. The number of glaring errors in this show and in the write-ups has really spoiled what should have been a very interesting programme. Very disappointing

  • johnboy

    over 2 years ago

    johnboy

    very annoying, how many things did they get wrong? surely an aviation expert could review these programs before irratating the public with an ounce of an idea regarding aircraft types, quantity of engines??? clueless

  • DaveyBabey

    over 2 years ago

    DaveyBabey

    I'm glad it's not just me that got annoyed by the inaccuracies! I got so fed up I also turned off after about 20 minutes!

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  • nick

    over 2 years ago

    nick

    Why the constant picture distortion and accompanying noise every time there was a change of shot.Over dramatic inacurate, and far too long at 60 mins.

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  • Andy

    over 2 years ago

    Andy

    Lazy research, 2 engined Concorde, a B757 with 2x800,000 Horsepower engines (that woudl pull teh wings off), a C130 helicopter, give me strength. Get your facts right or you lack any credibility.

  • Amelia Earheart

    over 2 years ago

    Amelia Earheart

    Oh dear, I see the aviation industry bods are exhibiting their usual defensive and aggressive response to any scrutiny of their industry! The camera never lies and what's wrong with being open about these incidents?Surely it informs the industry of ways to avoid repeats and further improve their safety record. Or is it all so hush, hush?

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  • william

    over 2 years ago

    william

    Information Problem with the first landing in the video it's not a 737 it's an A320 that airline don't own any 737's i hope channel five spot this error in future and try and give correcct information

  • Leigh

    over 2 years ago

    Leigh

    Not to mention the comment about the possibility of the Jet Blue nose wheel collapsing resulting in the nose hitting the runway at 100 mph. Yes, this was a possibility, but with "innevitable fatalities"? Sensationalist rubbish.

  • ken

    over 2 years ago

    ken

    I agree, commentary was not well researched at all and seemed to push the sensational side instead of factual. The A320 was not a 737, a C130 Hercules is a large transport aircraft not a helicopter, Concorde has four engines not two...and then the sensationalism; fact...lightning strikes do not affect airliners (they're built to take strikes in their stride), the approach into St Barts is not 'near-vertical', if you read the reports, there was not total panic after the LOT 767 landed, the cabin crew were superb in preparing and fast in evacuating passengers without panic. It's a slight on the LOT crew to say that there was any panic or hysteria. I agree totally with james, the commentary, to me, presents the amateurism of the program makers.

  • james

    over 2 years ago

    james

    This was the most scary documentry i have seen, jet blue was an A320 not a 737, there is no such aircraft as a C130 Hercules helicopter, the diagrams for the TNT 737 where that of an A320, the reasercher has not done a good job in reaserching aircraft types. you relly do need to get your finger out and get the correct information about what you are making the programme about, AMATURES.

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  • Jacob

    over 2 years ago

    Jacob

    Well done Channel 5 for making people more scared of air travel. Even though it is the safest transport. And well done for getting 2 aircraft names wrong. But after shouting at the tv twice. It was ok.

  • Hate wanna be plane spotters

    over 2 years ago

    Hate wanna be plane spotters

    I had to stop watching it half way through. Why do these idiots, let wanna be film makers; make films about industries they know nothing about! It made me cringe with the inaccuracies....OMFG!!!!!

  • adzz

    over 2 years ago

    adzz

    Haz, it wasnt it was an A320. The American guy on that one really annoyed me because you could tell he had been paid to be all dramatic

  • haz

    over 2 years ago

    haz

    at the start jet blue twisted gear... you said it was a 737 and it was a airbus 321.but overall great program looking forward to more aviation films :D

  • Steve

    over 2 years ago

    Steve

    A few more blunders from your commentator! The Jet Blue aircraft was an A320, not a Boeing 737. And in the 2nd item regarding the Cessna 310, a C130J Hercules is NOT a helicopter, but a very large transport plane. For aviation enthusiasts these mistakes are really annoying! Plus the programme was far too sensationalist. Are you trying to scare people?

  • biggles

    over 2 years ago

    biggles

    Well well, the usual editing rubbish. incident no.9 involving the Cessna 310. 12.26 in the film. The incident was filmed by a Hawaiian C130 Helicopter. Yet to see one. Not the only thing scary about watching this programme.

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  • Lloyd

    over 2 years ago

    Lloyd

    Funny enough i only live 6 miles away from where the thomson 757 bird strike occured,

  • William

    over 2 years ago

    William

    The Jetblue aircraft flight 292 involved in the first landing was an Airbus A320 not a Boeing 737 as the narrator says when speaking about the fuel dumping capabilities of a Boeing 737!

  • markdyson

    over 2 years ago

    markdyson

    amazing skill of those plots, and they dont get enough parise for what they do,i know its there job but its their 2 fly working planes. glad you made this programme to show plots at their best.

  • Adzz

    over 2 years ago

    Adzz

    Does anyone know what the song was called at the end when the plane had evacuated on the Hudson? It was orchestral Also, as a side not the JetBlue plane was an Airbus not a B737 C5 haha

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  • StuartBlanco

    over 2 years ago

    StuartBlanco

    But all the planes landed safe so where is the danger ? We can all surf YouTube and look for 'scary' landings but cars are far more dangerous and no one gives a damn

  • D

    over 2 years ago

    D

    Dear programme makers: Erm, Concorde has four engines.. Takes a bit of research, but you can work it out by looking at the picture.

  • Richie

    over 2 years ago

    Richie

    wish there would be more aviation based programmes..looking forward to this one...

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