The commentary after this passenger landed a plane with a passed-out pilot is superb

This is hilarious. But the commentary is made up.

Here’s the real audio from the incident. Listen: Passenger forced to land plane at Palm Beach airport after pilot falls unconscious - YouTube


Yeah, he was swearing. That’s a dead giveaway it was faked commentary by the supposed “passenger.” No local news station would have allowed that on the air.

Still a nicely done fake, though.


21st century Jeff Spicoli.


Thank you.

I was so hopeful for the next generation, but it makes a lot more sense that an adult was the one to take control.


It’s difficult to know the scale of the achievement here - given that I know the basic mechanics of flying a plane, like push forward to go down, pull back to go up, etc, what are my odds of successfully landing a small plane on the first try? Is this a 1 in a million or a 1 in 100 kind of event or what? I think probably most people know how the stick works but like I have no idea what to do with the flaps or the rudder or any of that. I found myself wondering if I’d even be able to figure out how to contact someone on the radio.


There is a button to operate the radio on the stick/yoke. The likelihood is that there is someone listening but this isn’t a certainty. If there is, that’s cool.

If not, emergency frequency is 121.5 but you would need to know this already and also need to know how to tune the radio to that frequency. If you do, that’s cool.

If not, you are unlikely to be able to teach yourself how to fly in the available time unless there is someone there to talk you through it.

Most people’s idea of how aircraft are controlled is only barely approximate. If you ever do find yourself in that situation, keeping above the stall speed of the aircraft (about 50 knots for light aircraft) is crucial.

The forward back motion of the stick for up and down is true for aerobatic stuff, but you’ll want to be very very gentle so forget about that.

To go up, gently push the throttle forward, To descend, gently pull the throttle back. You’re doing just fine now!

There are pedals to yaw left or right, but you’re flying really gently so they’re not very important and modern aircraft should fly fine without them. You can steer (gently) with the stick - left for left, right for right. This is about the only thing that works as you expect.

Last thing is speed control. This is the one weird trick. The speed (and speed is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING) is controlled unintuitively by the stick. Gently pull back on the stick and the aeroplane will climb a little and reduce its speed until it reaches equilibrium. Push the stick forward gently and the 'plane will descend slightly and accelerate until equilibrium

So, speed is controlled with the stick and up and down is controlled with the throttle. Not what you’ve been lead to believe.

There is a trim wheel to reduce the pressure on the stick - your controller on the radio will tell you all about that. If you don’t have a controller, you can probly fly without using it but you’ll get tired. Basically roll the wheel in the direction you are putting pressure on the stick, until the stick is nice and light. With the aircraft in trim, it can be flown hands off and will happily do so until you tell it to do something else.

So now you’re in control. Slow to about 60 or 70 knots, look for somewhere flat ahead of you and begin descending gently. If it’s not going right, just push the throttle forward and you’ll start to climb.

If you have a controller, they will tell you to reduce speed and deploy your flaps. Sometimes there’s a switch, sometimes it’s a lever like a car handbrake. This essentially gives you lift at lower speeds reducing the stall speed. However, you’ll need to readjust the stick, trim wheel and throttle pretty smartly so if you have plenty of room to land like a freeway or a long long runway, you can land without faffing about with the flaps.

Basically, get the aeroplane set up nicely in a slow descent at about 60 knots and fly it onto the ground. Ideally you should flare (pull back on the stick just above the ground) but this is your first time so just reduce your descent as you get near the ground and you’ll be fine.

Once you’re down and rolling pull the throttle all the way back, kill the ignition and battery and steer with the rudder pedals.

The brakes are at the top of the rudder pedals. There’s a left one and right one so they can be used to steer, use them gently if you have to, but just roll to a stop if you can.


It seems like this is a whole TikTok genre, where people edit themselves into news stories with amusing “eyewitness commentary”? I’ve seen this a few times, when the videos get put in other contexts where that’s not so obvious and people think they’re real.


Ok, I’m two paragraphs in and already dead.


Thanks! Now to take a series of flights on small aircraft until my services are needed??


“So I run to the cockpit, and homey is passed the fuck out.”

There is no separate cockpit. There’s no aisle in that small single engine plane to run down. It’s all a joke.

IMHO, these tiktokers are all about fucking with people who believe everything they see. *stares at a lot of the comments in this thread"


Yeah, that commentary sounds like a middle-aged guy to me. Certainly an adult


There’s an interview with the dude in this thread above


Bookmarking this in case I need to refer to it during an emergency /s


Yeah, I saw that; he looks younger than I expected.

And yet, still being reported by boingboing as the real story.


I’m guessing the joke nature of it is a lot clearer in the context of someone’s TikTok account, where you can see it’s made by someone who did other funny videos - and just the simple fact that they’re “appearing in a news story” in their channel would be a giveaway.

It’s like all the satirical news videos/articles people think are real because they were shared on Twitter and stripped of the whole context of the humor website. But they at least usually have some link to the site so you could figure it out, whereas Tiktok videos copied onto other sites don’t.


creatively edited video?

Except that time where they did make that up:


My dad is a private pilot. I’ve flown with him a number of times and he’s let me fly the plane here and there. It’s not easy. It’s very sensitive and there is a lot to remember. Landing is even harder, from my observations. If I were to have to do it, I am not totally sure I could make it happen without damaging the plane. I think I could walk away from the landing, but I’m not sure the plane would be usable after. haha