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FS2004 - Unlocking Disaster (United Airlines Flight 811)

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Please support this channel by following me on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/allecibay United Airlines Flight 811 was a regularly scheduled airline flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, with intermediate stops at Honolulu, and Auckland. On February 24, 1989, the Boeing 747-122 serving the flight experienced a cargo door failure in flight shortly after leaving Honolulu. The resulting explosive decompression blew out several rows of seats, resulting in the deaths of nine passengers. The aircraft returned to Honolulu, where it landed safely. Music: The Only Light Is Gone Artist: Dalo Vian Listen to the entire music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvwiGXWIx9o Credits go to Mayday (Air Crash Investigation, Air Emergency, Air Disasters in other places) for the video clips of the cargo door separation and aftermath! Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/allec.ibay
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Angus McErvale (4 days ago)
Would have been fitting to mention the lost lives . Great videos Allec
Dunkaroos (12 days ago)
Penultimate means next to last, not preultimate
Helen kordash (17 days ago)
The US more information given about the failure of the company and no information about the sucked passengers????☹☹☹ very weird.
Willette J (19 days ago)
The word is penultimate, not preultimate. It means next to last.
Jack Kitchen (20 days ago)
I'm just going to focus, for a minute, on the beautiful looking takeoff starting at 1:10. What a graceful animation.
Alan Philomon (23 days ago)
Wonderful crew.. were the bodies of the victims found?
MWS ICT (23 days ago)
the REAL question is — how many of these flaws still haven’t been remedied??? How many 747s flying today have 20-30 year old wiring that can lead to fuel vapors igniting (as mentioned at the end of the documentary)?
FIDIRONU (24 days ago)
I know more about what happened to the plane than I do about what happened to the 9 poor sods sucked out into the abyss. Can you imagine how upsetting it must have been for them to watch the plane disappear into the night as they fell to their doom? My passport!
Joyce Joseph (1 month ago)
Captain Dave may you rest in peace. You saved all the rest of those passengers on that plane that day. The plane was to blame. I wonder why airports cannot have a catch line up like they have on aircraft carriers to stop jets with literally no runway on which to stop. They must come in fast and hard and without those brake line stops they would just go over the other side of the ship. Couldn't the companies make something strong enough to at least slow down a plane that is landing without breaks, hydraulics, etc. Maybe by 2050 there will be such things.
Vikram Gupta (1 month ago)
Whoa! Electrical problem! I gasped when the flight engineer found several rows of seats missing. Those poor nine people!!!! Great performance to recover the aircraft.
locked in the eighties (1 month ago)
Surprised the aircraft was repaired and put back into service...
Prepared Survivalist (1 month ago)
Think about the people in the first row not to be sucked out. They witness the explosion and sit their at the precipice getting blasted with unimaginable wind speeds and pressure differentials.
Sir Charlie (1 month ago)
This is one of your best
ROBBIE BUNGE (1 month ago)
Did they recover the bodies?
Peter O. (1 month ago)
Actually UAL 811 was 2 months before Cronin's retirement: It would be his last flight because of the investigation..
TexasCat99 (1 month ago)
I miss United old colors. The new style is boring.
Robert Brown (1 month ago)
Although this accident was years ago, I wish to send along my condolences to the families that lost loved ones in this terrible accident.
studinthemaking (1 month ago)
How they find the door on the bottom of the ocean?
Lerxstification (1 month ago)
Suddenly some lucky pax got more leg room at the expense of the poor folks who were seated in front of them.
bianchi1885 (2 months ago)
From the NTSB CVR transcript of the moment the F/E volunteers to go downstairs to visually inspect: E OKAY I'M GOING DOWNSTAIRS TO SEE WHAT THE # IS GOING ON F YEAH C GO AHEAD AND RUN DOWN AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING And then the F/E's report back to the Captain and F/O: E THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE...THE RIGHT SIDE IS GONE FROM ABOUT THE ONE RIGHT BACK IT'S JUST OPEN YOU'RE JUST LOOKIN' OUTSIDE C WADDAYA MEAN PIECES- E LOOKS LIKE A BOMB F FUSELAGE- E YES FUSELAGE IT'S JUST OPEN C OKAY IT LOOKS LIKE WE GOT A BOMB THAT WENT OFF ON THE RIGHT SIDE C THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE IS GONE E FROM ABOUT ONE RIGHT BACK TO - F ANYBODY- E SOME PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY GONE - I DON'T KNOW C WE GOT A REAL PROBLEM HERE
joseph stach (2 months ago)
God's speed captain.
Christine Hitchcock (2 months ago)
My aunt was on this flight.
Blue Deemster (2 months ago)
I The cheesy music at the end of these videos just kills all appeal to watch them. They make a great account of what happened but then ruin it with terrible ear screeching music. Ughhh
MrCrystalcranium (3 months ago)
Great video....penultimate...not preultimate
Nancy Rose (3 months ago)
The figures don't add up. If nine passengers were sucked out, that should leave 368 passengers plus 18 crew. That should leave 386 survivors, not 346. Just curious.
The awesome Ryan604Gamer (3 months ago)
DC 10s have cargo door problems
TheModelFlightChannel (3 months ago)
1:46 explosion
deti kusmalawati (3 months ago)
You said It was 377 Passengers but that's not right there were, 337 passengers according to wiki
qeddeq1 (3 months ago)
as always, allecs choice of music makes me wish I was deaf.
Aircraft Expert 360 (3 months ago)
Good Video
Aircraft Expert 360 (3 months ago)
1:15 i doute the pilots would rotate so steeply
philglassfan (3 months ago)
Boeing junk yet again
kilahchris (3 months ago)
Life is fragile and unpredicatable. People sucked out of a plane because a door was not properly shut close. What a horrible nightmarish way to die. Sucked out of the sky at 25,000 feet to plummet to the Ocean. Never to been seen or found again.
Robert Brown (3 months ago)
I remember Dave when he was at United. He was an above average pilot and had exceeded knowledge of the 747. I flew with him a few times when I was a F/O and I was impressed with his professionalism in the cockpit and his wit and humor off the flight deck. I remember his death at the time and I was saddened to learn that he had passed. He was one of the good guys.
Rich F (3 months ago)
They found small debris of cargo doors at 14,000ft down in the pacific....in the 1980's ? Yet can't find a complete MH370 from Malaysia Airlines ...with 2017 technology and resources?
kilahchris (3 months ago)
The ocean is a huge. Back in 1989 Pilots and investigators had a more better idea when and where the plane lost it's cargo door. Flight MH370 could of disappeared in any part of the Indian Ocean.
ronald reagan (3 months ago)
have you noticed in the graphics how the high buildings in Honolulu are all lit at two o clock in the morning? they might work nights instead of during the day over there...
WhAT A BAD IOB/BOI Roblox (3 months ago)
That plane was not 100 it was a 200 Or 200B Idk lol
itscold (3 months ago)
I highly suggest you google air dabia, there is a very interesting snippet on wiki.
ttgk (3 months ago)
Incredible that the plane didn't snap in half. Boeing designed one hell of a plane
Deplorable Texan (3 months ago)
So 395 people total at the beginning but 355 at the end?
Josh Randal (3 months ago)
Hey Alec you are usually pretty thorough, what about the passengers who were sucked out? Debris washed up on island? Payout to families. Do you freeze do death or suffocate from that altitude. Details.
Htos 1 (4 months ago)
Impressive that an accident vehicle can survive all the way to scrap parts.
Noor Hafiz (4 months ago)
what about another 9 passenger
incredible987 987987 (4 months ago)
it is safe to repair a plane like this?i think the fuselage might be weaker
binjnpurj mode (4 months ago)
337 passengers. RIP Captain Cronin.
angelamermaid (4 months ago)
Kudos to the crew. Glad Captain Cronin got to enjoy his retirement.
Ivan's Family (4 months ago)
What's the disaster?
Levine Levine (4 months ago)
Both US plane makers, Boeing and McDonald Douglas, has a history of bad design and construction of cargo doors. Several plane crashed and passengers died when the doors were ripped open and torn apart while in flight. The sudden depression compounded the catastrophe. I have yet to hear of cargo door mishaps on an Airbus, Embraer, or Bombardier.
AFJAL HUSSAIN (4 months ago)
Its a game
Magica Spellman (4 months ago)
Sorry, this may be dumb ( not a specialist just a fan ) but the rest of the passengers were in their seats with a huge hole in the cabin and all survived? Is that possible? Shouldnt they have experienced a huge force? Problems with oxygen? Anything?
Sean Delaney (4 months ago)
Can you do Aero Mexico DC-10 IN 1979?
Kim and Luke BG (5 months ago)
How absolutely horrific for the passengers sucked out. I’m glad the Captain landed and saved everyone else
FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, SERBIA ! KOSOVO IS ALBANIA (5 months ago)
Can you do continental Airlines flight 1713 ?
Callum Tanner (5 months ago)
A short circuit? So you’re saying this could easily happen on modern day 747’s?
wiremessiah (4 months ago)
no they changed the design of the door, and retrofitted the old ones.
Jennifer Kelly (5 months ago)
I can't stop thinking about those poor people who were killed, what a way to go and all those passengers that saw them being sucked out must still be living with those images in their head. I am never ever getting on a plane after watching this.
gomphrena (4 months ago)
Jennifer Kelly • I’m not sure, but it’s very likely that it happened so fast, the hole tore open and they went out, all in one breath.
Clark Gable (5 months ago)
Odd that 2 cargo doors could be recovered in the Pacific ocean but the black boxes at ground zero on 9~11 could (despite intensive searching) never be located....I hate conspiracies but WTF is going on ???
Gavin TheGamer52 (5 months ago)
I live in oahu (hawaii)
Ernest Kovach (5 months ago)
Is it possible that there was a bomb on board?
wiremessiah (4 months ago)
no but there was a bong bong
Pedro Chemim (5 months ago)
Yes I know, but as the airplane landed safely they were able to investigate the 747 with detail and no traces of explosives were found on board.
Ernest Kovach (5 months ago)
Pedro Chemim THAT IS the official version.
Pedro Chemim (5 months ago)
No.. it was just a bad door design
진주市民 (5 months ago)
9 people is died. (or many people is sucked into engine)
GroomLeader (5 months ago)
That could have been an even worse tragedy. The nine who died, horrible way to be killed. Having such a top crew with that combined hours of flying time really saved so many lives.
tyronnezx (6 months ago)
One of the Guys that passed away in this accident was a fellow Kiwi Lee Campbell. His parents were relentless in their personal investigation and the final conclusion. Massive respect
Refilwe Pule (14 days ago)
+Bullhorn Twin Jesus, where did you read that? I have seen the documentary with Lee's parents. Very gentle and dignified couple. Lee's mother had a dream the night before that Lee had come to her, and she said she woke up with such a start. A mother's instinct. Very sad indeed😔
Bullhorn Twin (1 month ago)
Yeah. And it was determined that the kiwi was sucked into the engine rather than falling to his death. Rough.
LTLGamer1 (6 months ago)
Allec, all power to the cabin was lost when the cargo door opened. How come the lights are still on?
V Such (6 months ago)
The pilot died from the age 81
MLG benedict (6 months ago)
Can you do south African airline 259?
-A350 Lover- (6 months ago)
Heavy takeoff, too.
voodoo dolly (6 months ago)
I like this channel way better than air crash. Bc Alec just tells the story, interestingly! Air crash takes 1h of ur life, constantly repeating parts, as if I am an imbecile, and boring you to death half the time. lol, just sayin!
tresrules16543 (6 months ago)
The episode that began the "Air Crash Investigation" series
JoeAriminvm (6 months ago)
Imagine being the passenger right behind that hole that just saw 9 people fall to their sure death and have to remain seated hoping to not follow them shortly and touch down asap... I know for a fact I won't be able to recover
kilahchris (3 months ago)
There is no way I could remain seated in such a situation.
Diamondar Boss (6 months ago)
AHHHHH UNITED...
TheRio (6 months ago)
X Pilot is better
gomphrena (4 months ago)
X Pilot is respectable, and he puts out some good ones. But why do you want to come on the man, Allec Joshua Ibay, and run him down? Allec’s videos are painstakingly researched and done. He’s at the top of his game and I’ll defend him tooth and nail. (I’m probably embarrassing him like a mom would, but that’s ok too.)
Ozan Akdag (6 months ago)
Okay
Intercostaldrama (6 months ago)
It was the perseverance of the father of one of the New Zealand casualties that finally resulted in the proper diagnosis of this latch problem. A sad memorial to his son.
SpaXpert (6 months ago)
The design was a total fail and a piece of $hit.
Here's Johnny (6 months ago)
RIP Captain Cronin....your did a great job bringing that bird home! 😎👍
Omar mohamed (6 months ago)
Allec please, trust my suggestion. using p3d with add-ons like envtex, p3d tweak assistant, chaseplane, orbx world packs, topcat, pfpx, and realism shader pack would make a big difference. And nice PC specs would help you do everything freely on high settings. P3d gonna be more realistic especially p3d v4.
UncleEarl97 (6 months ago)
Horrible way for those 9 to die, but swift decisions by the captain and flight crew saved well over 300 others. So if 377 passengers and 18 crew took off totaling 395 souls and 9 are killed wouldn't that leave 386 that survived instead of the 346 mentioned? Maybe this was already addressed. Great video though, concise, good editing, no sensationalism, just facts, well done.
Peter Productions (6 months ago)
Honestly you deserve the 100,000 subscribers you are getting close to.
NWBackcountry (6 months ago)
I got to hear Captain Cronin speak shortly after the accident. When the explosion occurred, he was hand flying the airplane, and he had to apply full left rudder to keep the plane under control. He speculated that if the autopilot had been on, the aircraft would have been unrecoverable. He told us that he always hand flew to cruising altitude, and said that was uncommon. He also said the crew never had time to go through the checklists, and that his habit of practicing for different emergencies, while sitting in the cockpit before boarding, was extremely helpful.
TheJamalThomas (6 months ago)
keep the videos coming allec big fan of your work.
Keith Driscoll (6 months ago)
If I remember correctly it was the parents of one of the deceased passengers who pushed the NTSB to revise their conclusions. The father was an engineer and helped prove that it was a defective design that caused the hatch to open.
Clark Gable (6 months ago)
heart goes out to the unfortunate souls whose lives ended in such a dramatic & horrific manner....RIP
Choey Studio Co.,Ltd. เชยสตูดิโอ (6 months ago)
Thai airways flight 311
Arturs Z (6 months ago)
R.I.P Capitan David Cronin October 4 (1929-2010) He was a true hero saving 346 souls
CJCryer Buzz (6 months ago)
I just found this channel and have been binge watching. I shouldn’t be watching these at all. Flying is my biggest fear, that and White sharks. But the production of these videos is great, I can’t stop. I was wondering if you would cover this one. This is one I have never forgotten. Thank you.
-A350 Lover- (6 months ago)
Near tail strike at 1:14.
Harry Saxman (6 months ago)
Excellent. Allec: you are getting very good at this. Thank you.
Phil Anderson (6 months ago)
Hey Allec, how about United Flight 409? There's almost nothing on all of YouTube about it, and at the time the most deadly crash in US history.
iMattySW (6 months ago)
Amazing skill from the pilots, and to stay calm and saving 100's of lives of those on the plane and on the ground. Great video once again!
Falconius (6 months ago)
Air India 182 please
Kellygb2 (6 months ago)
United Airlines at it again. Forcefully removing random people from the plane. They really do suck, do they?
Concorde AF4590 (6 months ago)
An air crash investigator was onboard that flight.
Concorde AF4590 (6 months ago)
Before you play the video, the photo should show that the cargo door is gone, but it shows that the cargo door didn’t come off and the portion of the fuselage hasn’t ripped off.
Tony Cassens (6 months ago)
Since this was not an act of God, why were those people responsible for this avoidable tragedy not sent to prison? Are they legally protected from their negligent actions. What if I repaired my own car and the faulty repairs resulted in a deadly accident. What would be my punishment?
kilahchris (3 months ago)
Boeing was eventually blamed for what happened. Investigators could not determine any criminal negligence. It all came down to a design flaw with the cargo door and the locking mechanism. It is very hard to put people in prison for an engineering design flaw. There was not criminal intention on the part of anyone.
ART CORE (6 months ago)
Saw a documentary on this about 8 years ago. Parent's of one of the guy sucked out from NZ spent all their money trying to find their son but couldn't. Also they used their own money for a private investigation. Was very sad to watch.
Roger Bivins (17 days ago)
+Robert Vojvodić it seems there are a great many amoung us who have no soul. It is refreshing to know not that everyone is numb to their heartless suggestions. Cheers.
Robert Vojvodić (1 month ago)
+wiremessiah according to your comments, you have no empathy at all. Maybe you're psychopath?
wiremessiah (4 months ago)
he could have faked his own death, it happens.
Boeing Time 300 (6 months ago)
1:14 you nearly had a Tailstrike
anandguruji83 (6 months ago)
R.I.P UNITED AIRLINES 747 1970-2017
anandguruji83 (6 months ago)
R.I.P UNITED AIRLINES 747 1970-2017
agauerm (6 months ago)
You could recreate this one. Very short tragic flight. The veteran pilot let the younger pilot take care of putting fuel in the plane, but he forgot to balance the fuel between the wings. The fuel was 100% in one side, causing the plane to tilt to one side after taking off. The plane hit a house when crashed, killing 6 people. Of course both pilots died on impact. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1spv3qmK7-8
Bill Brooks (6 months ago)
God bless the United States!
News Alert LA (6 months ago)
Do China Airlines flight 611 please
jonathan chan (6 months ago)
And the plane became a plane restaurant at Seoul.
Red Matrix (6 months ago)
allec what age you are? im 12
Red Matrix (6 months ago)
im just ask
Urban Exploration (6 months ago)
Red Matrix why would u want to know