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BA Flight 9 Near Disaster Documentary – Jakarta incident

Aviation, Disaster|09 Apr, 2012|62 Comments |
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BA Flight 9, a 747 bound for Auckland in New Zealand loses power to all 4 engines 15KM above the earth. Pilots have no idea what’s going on and declare emergency. Just before the flight ditches in the Indian ocean, the engine power returns for another dramatic setup to failure. What caused the failures? The flight had an emergency landing in Jakarta where the amazing cause of the problems are seen in clear light. The cause changed the way airlines receive hazard reports forever.

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  1. at least the captain is honest and not trying to hide anything. it would make me feel better to know that i have a captain like that.

  2. ProgHead777 says:

    Brilliant flying by the pilots and kudos for all of the flight crew and passengers for keeping their wits. This is one of the best episodes of this series that I’ve seen so far. It doesn’t usually have such a happy ending. Thumbs up and thanks for sharing!

  3. TheMattd546 says:

    wow this must of sucked, but why the hell didnt they try to fly above all that mess, they should have pulled up when they seen the begining of that dust lights from what we know now was a volcano, but still pull up, fly above it, its like they did nothing in the begining to avoid it, try to re-route you know anything, although they did a good job in the end

  4. Rhyes2012 says:

    so wonderful that all of them decided to be in touch even today!!amazing!! god bless

  5. 25:27 its like hearing captain sullenberger say when he had the bird strike “small problem we have just had a bird strike we are going to divert from our original destination and crash in the hudson, good day”

  6. well thats very encouraging. captain telling everyone we have a small problem. All the engines are down, we are all fked

  7. lol ”this idiots not understanding!”

  8. sabarber85 says:

    My parents and brother were on this flight before I was born. Needless to say, they remember it vividly. My Mum recalls looking out of the window and seeing fire streaming out of the engine. They said the crew were amazingly calm.

  9. You can not just descend without clearance from the ATC. There is a risk of a mid air collision with a plane flying beneath you. Also, if they descend and things don’t improve then they will end up with even lesser time to attempt to restart the engines.They did what was right, repeatedly trying to restart the engine which is the only thing that could have saved the plane other than the APU.

  10. mr2kat says:

    The French pilots broke the most fundamental rule for pilots, taught from Day One. When your aircraft gets into trouble, your first priority is to FLY your aircraft. This means keep control of the speed, attitude an at all costs avoid a stall. Then you can work the problem. The British pilots held true to this rule even though they too were flying at night, in zero visibility, with 4 engines out and all ASI’s failed or unreliable. You sir, are a joke.

  11. DING DING “Ladies and Gentlemen this is your captain speaking, we have the tiniest problem. All four engines have died and were are slowly falling to the sea. Just sit tight and we will try to live and not die. Thank You.

  12. zerascal3 says:

    lol.. that ‘s exactly my point. You don’t have to be an aviation expert to think about trying a different course or altitude when you bump into potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions instead of pushing like idiots until damages become serious. The other interesting things about pilots is that they are really reluctant to admit pilot error. Check the reaction of the pilots union in France when the report about AF-447 crash stated the pilots screwed up beside pito tubes failing.

  13. Pvjinflight says:

    Yep, actually there is ACI episode about two such landings. Search for Gimli Glider, which glided safely to motor sport track and landed, without nose gear though, and Air Transat 236 which too glided without engine power all the way from cruising altitude and safely landed with only few burst tires.

  14. gabor1991 says:

    Wikipedia says, that this engineless flight entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest glide in a non-purpose-built aircraft.One question though:If the plane could glide for over 30mins before hitting the ground, could an experienced pilot, theoretically, have landed it safely without the engines? I mean, with sufficient speed, the lift is still there.

  15. you should remove the cause in the video descriptiojn so as not to spoil this ep. for people who haven’t seen it yet. this is by far the best ep of ACI, its got mystery:engines enveloped by weird light,smoke in the cabin. mechanical failure: all 4 engines produce spectacular flame trails before shutting down, british crew’s coolness in handling this unique situation, euphoria when they land and best of all: NO ONE DIED OR WAS INJURED! ACI should have called this: WELCOME TO THE TWILIGHT ZONE

  16. As I understand it, they were the first large commercial airliner to fly through a volcanic cloud, so they had no precedent for comparison. Also, if the thought crossed their mind they might have thought (A) that the radar would have picked up the cloud and especially (B) the ground control would MENTION that there was a freakin’ volcano going off nearby.Personally, it wasn’t until they mentioned the pitted windscreen that I thought “volcano” for sure. Before that, who knew? Aliens?

  17. karldoyle2 says:

    @HittokiriBatosai You gave a theory that the computers took responsibility of the pilots and I’ve debunked that. I said ‘Study first, speak later’ as you suggested advanced aircraft had being causing problems when in fact that is not the case as the plane in this video was the most advanced back at that time which means that theory is invalid. As for your question, the mentality “shift” never happened its just the usual good and bad everywhere thing.

  18. @HittokiriBatosai respect for pilots, I hope to be one myself one day… but it seems to me the highly computerized B777 (at least in comparison to the B747) takes a lot of worry and responsibility off the shoulders and out of the hands of the pilots and gives their conscience a convenient scapegoat when things go wrong.

  19. It’s interesting to note the difference in pilot attitude from back then to today. Here, all three men on the flight deck feel the immense responsibility on their shoulders and feel guilt, wondering what they could have missed, how they can reconcile the problem as soon as possible… the captain on the B777 of ‘Heathrow Enigma’ was totally convinced he and his crew were faultless, reassuring them just seconds after impact that they’d done nothing wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost

  20. I was on this flight. It was nothing at all like it was portrayed. I’ve written a book about it called “Flight of Hand; the Tim Riggi Story” Soon, and only then, will the world know the truth about this flight. This was the strangest flight that ever took off. The funny thing is that the funniest thing was when the engines came back on. The whole flight crew was laughing. This was clearly an inside job. Read the book.

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