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Pan Am Flight 115, operated by Pan American World Airways Boeing 707-121 N712PA (Clipper Washington), was a commercial flight from Paris via London to New York City. At 22.05 GMT (16.05EDT) on 3 February 1959 it was involved in one of the most notable jet upset incidents of the jet airliner age, over the North Atlantic near Newfoundland.
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All passengers were allowed to claim their luggage and change their underwear before boarding a replacement plane...I hope.
Domenica Dalton (8 days ago)
'AUTO PILOT' in 1959. Wow!
Curt C (8 days ago)
Who else was waiting for it to crash? Come on I know you're out there...sick bastards! Lol
Charles Canton (9 days ago)
I believe that this aircraft (and one other) had it's own specific Flight Control Rigging maintenance procedures ( in ATA 27) due to it being slightly bent during the recovery from this excursion.
SkylineToTheSeaAndMe (10 days ago)
My Aunt was a stewardess for PanAm for about a decade in the early 1960s to early 1970s. That took her all over the world. I lost my dear Aunt in early 2012 at age 79. She truly loved flying (despite the stresses of the job).
ignorecorporatenews (12 days ago)
GREAT video, Thanks
TheSoloAsylum (12 days ago)
From dead to everything is fine in two minutes...yeah I don't fly unless I'm forced.
FIDIRONU (23 days ago)
I'd describe that flight as being "unnecessarily exciting". 🙁
Excellent work by the flight crew to bring home everyone safely.
Parallelcatman (24 days ago)
Damn! This was almost 60 years ago! That was a pretty close call! Must've been real scary for the passengers on that plane. I'm glad they all made it had it not been for the pilots.
Pat2296 (29 days ago)
Wow, so the plane malfunctioned twice before but was still sent out, the pilots managed to get everyone on the ground safely, yet they were to blame for this?
Jim Drews (3 days ago)
Pat2296 Because if someone was actually paying attention to what was happening, the problem wouldn't have progressed to the point of nearly crashing.
Joyce Joseph (1 month ago)
In 1959 commercial jet airliners were still in their infancy. Although there had been commercial jets flying as early as 1949, the first jet made by de Haviland was flown in the UK.. However there were so many problems with these early jets many airlines still used prop planes for commercial passenger carriers instead of jets. Every year since 1952 new problems helped plane manufacturers learn more about how to make flights safer. Hopefully this process is never ending. Anything that has moving parts and metal can break or become unusable. Every time any incident involving commercial airliners happens the NTSB investigates to see what can be done to make planes safer. Hopefully as tech gets better so will airliners. But with the variables in human error with maintenance and manufacturing money always comes before safety. NTSB can recommend solutions however they cannot make it mandatory. The commercial airline business is one of the few agencies that are under regulated by mandate.
We have come a long way since 1959 but as long as human error and greed are in the equation there will still be problems. Somethings cannot be fully prepared for, but the redundant systems on modern large body commercial jets are helping but the more you overthink the plumbing.... The maintenance people are not adequately trained and/or are told to cut costs by allowing a potential air disaster to take place.
Vikram Gupta (1 month ago)
Great flying and recovery. Good teamwork and ending. Overall, the 707 was a great airplane.
U don't know me (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, but did you just say FEB,3 1959!?!?!?!?!?!
centralcentre (1 month ago)
I thought for sure it was a plunge into the Atlantic-glad it was a near miss,they had enough altitude to recover and get that big bird to Gander.
Heart2HeartBooks (1 month ago)
Bendix should stick to making breaks for cars!
Earl Driskill (1 month ago)
If they would've been flying an Airbus with those cheesy joystick side controls, and gotten themselves in that fix, forget it, they would've crashed.
ROBBIE BUNGE (1 month ago)
A lot of pilot blaming when there was clearly a maintenance issue!
Dorival Lara Bicudo (1 month ago)
Heart about flight 655 of American Air crash. You have the details??
Norbert Siewert (1 month ago)
I flew A Piper Arrow IV, VFR, at night over Arkansas 35 years ago. The instrument panel lights suddenly went out. By the time I had the auxiliary lighting system turned on, I noticed by instrument indications that I was on a decending turn to the right. I was able to recover, but had no idea that I was flying on instruments. I do not have a instrument rating!
Jerry Elven (2 months ago)
nice to watch an airplane incident with NO fatalities
Hernán Álvarez (2 months ago)
Only victims in this flight: 129 units of underwear.
shellsbignumber2 (2 months ago)
Everyone survived but most required a change of underwear.
immanuel withus (2 months ago)
This was GREAT (as usual)! I'd love to see the crashes of Patsy Cline, Big Bopper, Aaliyah.
RedneckSpaceMan (2 months ago)
Question, at this point in history, they were still using turbo-jets, right? The turbo-fan had not yet been developed?
Arizona Sky (2 months ago)
OMG I thought they were goners...
Robert Brown (2 months ago)
WOW! Great job by the Captain to remain calm and put the plane back to the wings level position. It's always good to see a successful recovery and everyone survives. Thanks for posting.
J. Saavedra (2 months ago)
The flight originated.....
Joshua Ervin (2 months ago)
Airplanes are scary.
I Em Hoo I Iz (2 months ago)
Interesting. This was 23 days before I was born. I didn't know they had auto pilot then.
Son of a Savage (2 months ago)
I honestly thought this plane was going to be a goner. Glad they all made it safely. Great vid.
Professor B. (3 months ago)
One of the few cases where I saw pilot error is...bah...sorry, I just think it was the guys in the garage this time. Sorry. And the guys upstairs, oh yeah. I just wonder how much you can monitor something...there's monitoring and then there's just being OCD and ridiculous. I hope the company got sued for emotional trauma caused--your in a plane diving thousands of feet is pretty traumatic. I hope they got sued for that and punitive damages.
Lanky Coon (3 months ago)
Marie Sanche (3 months ago)
Plunge in the Atlantic?
Not at all!
I think t’was the wrong title......
But thank God they made it.
We must pray for the pilots!!!
Goodfella (3 months ago)
These near miss/miraculous recoveries are great. Please do TWA 841.
Lou Cypher (3 months ago)
akwardturtleee (3 months ago)
Could you make a Video about the Bomb in an Suitcase that was in an Pan Am B747
AD77 (3 months ago)
Pan Am and the 707. Two icons from a bygone era.
Both sorely missed.
Laura Schuck (3 months ago)
Whew! Now I can sleep-this story had a happy ending! Why do I watch before bed and stress myself out? 🤔
DA H (3 months ago)
I’m always so relieved when there’s no crash or injuries at the end. I let out a little cheer each time. These videos are exhausting!
Nexus (3 months ago)
Well done to the pilots and crew for recovering that scary situation with no loss of life. I felt pretty sickened watching the altitude dropping so quickly
AntPDC (3 months ago)
1959? It's amazing what they did with the existing technology back then. I wonder autopilots worked without computers? Mind you, a decade later and we were on the Moon.
life is to short (4 months ago)
Wholly shit what an amazing pilot / captain
Not in my town (4 months ago)
Steven Miller (4 months ago)
I've become fascinated with these simulations the past couple weeks and I have to say, didn't see a happy ending here as these type of uncontrolled descents are so very hard to recover from when equipment is malfunctioning. Major props to the Cap for assuming authoritative control and avoiding a crash.
j p (4 months ago)
another good ending. bet the passengers went and had a good steak dinner after that one
MisterMasterShafter1 (4 months ago)
February 3rd, 1959 - Unfortunately, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper weren't so lucky that day.
Ray's Dad (4 months ago)
The 707 was a great plane. All the Boeing commercial planes today (and all the Airbus commercial planes too, to be honest) are modifications of the 707.
TheRublixCube (1 month ago)
This is completely untrue, only the 727 and 737 use the nose-section of the 707.
Graeme Williams (4 months ago)
In 1963 a North West 720 lost control in storms & severe turbulence & broke up during a similar descent.
.HoneyLove. (4 months ago)
How is it that the airline blames the pilot when they didn't fix the problem the first or second time it happened?
The airline bears a lot of the responsibility for it.
Kudos to the pilot for knowing what to do in that situation.
Island of Domination (4 months ago)
The ride of your life...😆💥🤔
Evan Moyer (4 months ago)
When flying a plane meant flying the plane. Beautifully handled by whole crew.
Mattez Since '09 (5 months ago)
Wow. The same day called ”The day music died”.. Google it!
markissable (5 months ago)
I know the passengers had to be pissing in their pants though!
Wyatt Boothby (5 months ago)
The way you told the story left out that they throttled back up after recovery. When the Captain got wings level and positive climb rate I kept yelling at the screen "throttle up! throttle up!!" then the next thing I see is that they're back at 310. But I gotta say, I'm enjoying your vids, keep 'em coming, and I hope to never be featured on your channel.
Robert Gantry (5 months ago)
Where is Waldo?
B bo (5 months ago)
The passengers must have been screaming their heads off. Imagine all those Gs as the plane was rolling down. Holly crap.
ANNIE H. (5 months ago)
Great 👍 video! Those pilots did a terrific job. Wasn’t Gander the airport where planes from Europe to the United States were rerouted on 9/11 after the terrorist attacks and the air space over the States was closed?
Trish McCarthy (5 months ago)
ANNIE H. Yes. Planes from the east diverted to Gander & those from the west flew into Victoria or Vancouver.
ron burgundy (5 months ago)
Great work by the pilots in the end. Can't imagine what it must have been like for the Passengers...
BadlyDrawnGirl1664 (5 months ago)
Wow!! Talk about stick and rudder skills that's literally ALL they had.
rideordieguy rideordieguy (5 months ago)
HOW THE F DID I GET HOOKED ON THIS SHIT
Liza Tanzawa (5 months ago)
Well, maybe if Captain Peters hadn't had to fill out that damn form, he could have been more attentive. They NEVER blame the bureaucrats!
Kimmy Middleton (6 months ago)
WELLL , OF COURSE, THEY ARE GOING TO BLAME THE PILOTS..WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY HOLD BOEING RESPONSIBLE FOR A MANUFACTURING ERROR/GLITCH/WHATEVER???? (I SAY WITH THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF SARCASM I CAN MUSTER!!!!!)....THAT, IS JUST A SHIZZNITTY THING TO DO
Matt JC (6 months ago)
Back in the day when someone had some balls to make decision and follow through on it without panicking.
Piyush InfoUna (6 months ago)
I'm 22 and even my father wasn't born at that time... The thing is it's hard to believe that autopilot still existed in those times too.
Steven Gird (6 months ago)
I work for Rockwell Collins on FCC-70X flight director for 747, 757, and 767. 1959 was before my time. I imagine the F/D and A/P back then had vacuum tubes. Probably vulnerable to cold, condensation, and vibration.
Jordan Williams (6 months ago)
I'm loving the stories were they end up landing & no one dies.
Eric Edison (6 months ago)
That's a PHEW right there
Rosanne Coffman (6 months ago)
Great video, Allev
michael flegel (7 months ago)
No one should have been found at fault of the flight crew. No, they should have been awarded the Silver Star 4 bravery. Back in those days with the jet brand new no one even believed that such a recovery was possible. I would say that this was an outright example of pilot coolness under pressure. Remember, needs one air show Pilots and they were working in the dark with half the panel lights out. Amazing
davidca96 (7 months ago)
For some reason it makes me sad that most planes like this end up scrapped, it literally doesnt exist anymore.
jony joe (7 months ago)
it was nail biter there for a while. I thought everyone was going to perish.
cowdog64 (7 months ago)
The happy endings or all too infrequent, but thanks for including them.
ky malone (7 months ago)
I was on that plane
MrCapi55 (7 months ago)
What a "Crowning" of this video with those Exclusive air to air takes/ scenes Allec Joshua Ibay! Thank You.
a cauldo (7 months ago)
I felt so panicked when the instrument lights went black and the artificial horizon was spinning uselessly. No idea how that pilot had the presence of mind to get his bearings and keep flying. I’d be trying not to faint.
kramden (7 months ago)
That was sure a close one....Good save, in spite of whatever mistakes might have been made...
Narf (7 months ago)
Once again they blame one of the pilots but somehow they had the same problem twice before. Then the plane has several owners and eventually gets scrapped. The plane was a piece of shit obviously
Love To Travel (7 months ago)
That we had such technology and such amazing aircraft 70 years ago.
Doug van der Hoop (7 months ago)
This is why you want a seasoned professional working on your aircraft. End of conversation.
Yidris (7 months ago)
You never mentioned the part where the pilot's throttled back up
Dikachu Weevee (8 months ago)
Good job Alec Joshua IBAY! I really like your videos! Hope to see more! Can I request a video about: The 10 top airlines in the world?Hope my suggestion can be accepted! Hope that you r channel will have a lot of subscribers!
D'yer Maker (8 months ago)
The passengers were wearing their lunch by the time they landed.
bob bobo (8 months ago)
The captain was in the back renewing his mile high club card in one of those stupid hot stewardesses back in the day. Even into the early 80's they were stupid hot. There was no dudes or very rare. Never saw a dude stewardess until the 90's. Nothing wrong with it, of course, but it was like the playboy mansion flying way back haha. Good for a hetro teenager. =D
novola1972 (8 months ago)
Great video thanks a lot
Stevey Irwin (8 months ago)
amazing calling it the plunge, a im watching im still hoping they make it but thinking they are going into the water the whole time, whatta twist!!!
evans haller (8 months ago)
Daniel Maverick (8 months ago)
Nancy Pelosi's Illegal Pussy (8 months ago)
good ! a rare happy ending !
RivaRidge'72 (8 months ago)
Sadly, this wouldn't be the end of a serious problem regarding a Boeing 707 and the automatic pilot system. In brief, on March 1, 1962 an American Airlines 707 took off from Idlewild (now JFK) airport in New York bound for Los Angeles (it was their then famous flight # 1). The American Airlines 707 lifted off and a "faulty command" (to the rudder) from the auto-pilot system caused the plane to sharply bank and crash into a swamp just two minutes after take-off - killing all 95 souls aboard. This 1962 accident was the fifth deadly accident involving a 707 and at the time the most deadly. There were several notable people on that flight - including the mother of Linda Eastman, who some years later would marry (Beatle) Paul McCartney. Linda (who passed on in 1998) would later say that she never enjoyed flying given what had happened to her mother (and who could blame her?) Anyway, thanks for the fascinating post and it's great to see some of these stories turn out so well. The pilot of PA #115 luckily had several thousands of feet under his craft and thus had "the space" in which to regain control.
Zak Jansen (1 month ago)
Flight 1 crashed into a swamp.
As a Scouser said to me 'How the hell do you survive that?'
Cooker Cook (8 months ago)
Did you hear the news about the crashed plane recently?
Jon Cechvala (9 months ago)
Never flying again...EVER !
Yacobus Fitri (9 months ago)
I wish Pan Am still exists today
Sarah Khan (9 months ago)
I am happy at least all are saved
NikaBlazing (9 months ago)
I follow you on instagram
pec104 (9 months ago)
I'd like to see one about a VC-10 but they never had an incident.
Jose Rivera (9 months ago)
I no see plane!!!...totaly dark.
Azeem Nagir (9 months ago)
Allec Joshua Ibay (9 months ago)
Azeem Nagir how is this click bait?
john harris (9 months ago)
Happy everyone survived...excellent pilots!
Terry Maloney (9 months ago)
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER (9 months ago)
Good job, but you need to change color of the font, cant read it