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Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was a scheduled international passenger flight on January 31, 2000, from Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, United States, with an intermediate stop at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California. The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) north of Anacapa Island, California, after suffering a catastrophic loss of pitch control. The crash killed everyone aboard: two pilots, three cabin crew members, and 83 passengers.
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Liza Tanzawa (1 day ago)
Alaska Airlines should have had a corporate death penalty. I bet the CEO got a nice bonus, for his cost cutting, the year of the crash
ytlongbeach (8 days ago)
On the plus side, those crack maintenance workers saved Alaska $1 in jack screw grease. The accountants were ecstatic up to the crash, and then the insurance paid the remainder.
Reginald Pierre (11 days ago)
no help from ground, that is surprising me. even if it would quiet impossible to land this plane safely with the jammed stabilizer but I don't feel ground wanted to support. they left them alone with the souls and the airplane. that is bad. And the worst is ALASKA airline maintenance issue!!!!
Liberty Rising (12 days ago)
Why the fuck is Jerry Garcias face on the tail of that aircraft?
CJCryer Buzz (14 days ago)
This is a perfect example of a non frivolous lawsuit. Alaska should have been sued out if existence.
hrgiyzueghe (14 days ago)
Bad maintenance, falsified documents, complaining about the schedule and delays instead of providing help to the pilots. I'm really surprised how this criminal airline is still flying today.
Abbet John Galarpe (16 days ago)
They should practice the saftey.If they dont,they will die.Cebu pacific has only few crashes,but for Air Asia,none.Also Philippine Airlines none.
Demelo F (17 days ago)
Those pilots were such heroes. They did everything humanely possible, including getting out over the ocean to prevent more loss of life. They fought with everything they had ALL the way to the end.
How sad that it was laziness on the part of Alaska Airlines that caused this to happen.
Rest in peace, everyone who was on that plane ❤💔❤
Jupiter 🌎 (18 days ago)
Welp never flying with Alaska airlines ever again....
MarshalPoole (21 days ago)
Was the idiot airline sued? They killed all the people!
Sam Anthony B. Magdua (22 days ago)
my cousin was an air force but he wants to fly a Alaska airlines
Raine Villa (26 days ago)
So heartbreaking and so close to home too. I've seen many of these crash videos/documentaries but this one is definitely one of the saddest. Today, there's a memorial sundial on the beaches of Port Hueneme commending the pilot's heroism and honoring all who passed away.
TitanictheGamingShipYT (29 days ago)
Allec's videos are always the best! Even remakes! :D
Hans Zarkov (1 month ago)
why you get into detailed issues you really need to throw up some drawings and diagrams. most people don't know what a tail screw is or where the retaining bolt might be
wurtzgood (1 month ago)
Death is overrated
ALI SHAHRUKH (1 month ago)
Cat Mac (1 month ago)
Does anyone know if that voice actually belonged to the pilot? Was the voice computer generated from the black box transcripts? Or was it added in at the end of the production?
Please, no snide or nasty remarks. I really would like to know. Thank you.
Cozumel Girl (1 month ago)
I know hindsight is bull but at 2:47 into this video where the pilots don’t ask, they tell them they’re putting the aircraft into LAX? I hope the dispatcher doesn’t sleep well. Cheers Bill
Harry Ohrt (1 month ago)
I hope there is a hell for the kind of executives who make the kind of decisions that led to this disaster.
Ken Brownfield (1 month ago)
Corporate greed killed these people.
ky malone (1 month ago)
I was actually on this plane when it happened it was nuts
cherry rotella (1 month ago)
We’ll Maintenance was a fat lot of help 🤬
Doctor GokuPHD (1 month ago)
R.I.P PLANE 261
White-Noise-Machine (1 month ago)
The pilots never quit and that is all you can ask, The airlines on the other hand, that is another story..
Lighty Hedgehog (1 month ago)
Rob Trubiano (1 month ago)
Here we go
Kim S (1 month ago)
omg! how terrible! i cannot understand how saving money is worth the risk of lives and/or eventual fines/lawsuits anyway if people are killed. this airline def should be out of business but instead they just bought virgin america
Carol Loman (1 month ago)
They crashed by my brothers place near Pthueneme so truly horrific f those who lived there n had body parts washing up on beach! Someone from Alaska should be held criminally responsible as greed cost 2 brave pilots n the passengers their life!
princeboy (1 month ago)
very sad story...The pilots were making their maximum capacity to save the lives of their passengers...
themonkeyhand (1 month ago)
These videos are horrifying.
Mike Rotch (1 month ago)
Out here, over the bay, if I may. Eat some hay.....
Alexander Williams (1 month ago)
is there any reason you use this program over others? Like X-11?
FreemonSandlewould (1 month ago)
Pretty dumb not putting your plane on the ground at the first sign of control surface malfunction. Don't fuck with it. Land it with minimum movement of surfaces. Get it FIXED.
KyuuA4 (1 month ago)
Sad that Alaska is taking over Virgin Airlines.
bruce stephan (1 month ago)
When I was a kid Alaska Airlines had one of the best in maintenance. Not anymore
Tony NA (1 month ago)
Remembering Cynthia Oti
Robert Blevins (2 months ago)
Alaska Airlines was lucky they didn't go bankrupt after this incident. Everyone in the Puget Sound area were extremely pissed when the details came out. Fortunately, the airline did a 180 on their policies afterward, and are still the main airline out of Seattle. Not that they deserve it, or that people completely trust them yet.
Constitution_89 (2 months ago)
This seems to be an All to common theme: cutting maintenance to increase profit. A proper investigation of those who count the profits would probably reveal them to be F*****G JEW's, I Guarantee it!!!
Justa Bowler (2 months ago)
Wish you would've included what punitive action was taken against Alaska Airlines after the loss of this aircraft, its passengers, and such a brave flight crew!
Steve Mora (2 months ago)
Another example of the failure of capitalism. This would be a great example for Richard Wolff!
tim clifton (2 months ago)
This is what I don't fly.
Charlotte Schreffler (2 months ago)
The sad ending for pilots, Cree, passengers. Alaska was at fault, mechanic.
Loco Joe (2 months ago)
So sad, but did they make the schedule? Infuriates me as a flight instructor since 1978, I’ve had to deal w that pressure/ not maintained aircraft while flying commuters. The corporate corner cutters should be in prison...PERIOD. Who’s palmed got greased to let the shoddy maintenance go by..??! same shit, different aircraft. FAA is a joke.
Notthefather (2 months ago)
How determined and selfless of the pilots. Didn't endanger people on the ground and with their employers shitty practices!
These men are heroes in my book.
Josephine Pinelli (2 months ago)
I like how the pilot said,"Here we go"
SkylineToTheSeaAndMe (2 months ago)
Great job with this. One of the saddest accidents in aviation history. About half of these passengers were from my area. And the Alaska Airlines maintenance base, that failed to perform the correct maintenance protocols is also here (KOAK) Oakland. Lead Mechanic John Liotine at the AA OMB blew the whistle on Alaska Airlines to the FAA about 2 years before, regarding this specific procedure (tail Jackscrew maintenance), among other procedures, stating that corners were being cut and procedures done wrong. Maintenance records were also being falsified as "jobs being completed" that were not (or not completed properly). The crash of AS261 became a part of the federal investigation against Alaska Airlines because in 1997 Liotine had recommended that the jackscrew and gimbal nut of the aircraft involved in the accident be replaced. He was forced out of Alaska Airlines if I remember (or resigned), and suffered major PTSD as a result of this accident. He later sued Alaska Airlines for $20 Million dollars for libel and defamation of character. I flew on Alaska Airlines exactly 1 time in the early 1990s and never again. https://bit.ly/2GJvuZp https://bit.ly/2IAuOSx https://bit.ly/2Jp5Mah https://bit.ly/2Et4Cal
Frederic Wheeler (2 months ago)
Requiescat em Pacem to the Souls of Flight 261.
rafael rodriguez (2 months ago)
very brave pilots ,its soo sad
HRacingGreen (2 months ago)
Stunning piloting, such a great effort and let down by their company. Those men have all my respect.
brandt justensen (2 months ago)
All sentient life is forced to walk among land mines. Life is insane!
James A Froedge (2 months ago)
I WAS SCHEDULED TO BE ON THIS VERY FLIGHT
BUT I OVER SLEPT CAUSING ME NOT TO MAKE IT TO THE AIRPORT ON TIME......
seetv569 (2 months ago)
Who of you will be flying with Alaska Airlines.....ever!?
Grant Christensen (2 months ago)
I like how the other pilots try to get their 2 cents in like they're heroes reporting the news. LA Center knows exactly what the airplane is doing via radar. Stupid headline grabbing pilots, they should die too.
Anthony Minier (1 month ago)
Actually L.A. center contacted those pilots on other planes in the area and asked them to keep an eye on the Alaska Airlines jet and report what is happening back to L.A. center. There is a full copy of the radio traffic between center and all of the planes involved here on YouTube . Search for it and you can hear for yourself that L.A. center was enlisting "eyes on" help from any plane in the area that might have a decent view of the troubled jet.
Derek Brosnan (2 months ago)
You do such a good job at paying respect to those who have died in these tragic accidents.. much respect
Daniel Maverick (2 months ago)
One of the most intense vídeos, what a son of a bitch of a Company, they have Much more chance If they fly untill they empty the gas
M D (2 months ago)
I still don’t fly Alaska
Corporations don’t change just because they got found out once
Sara Beth Williams (2 months ago)
If I remember correctly, after hearing this on the news right after it happened, info was given out about Capt Ted Thompson. He was a former Air Force Pilot who flew C-141s. He was highly experienced. This was so sad, tragic and completely unnecessary. The pilots never gave up to try to find solutions to this problem. They were brave men who kept their cool until the very end. RIP to them and the passengers who lost their lives. Alaska Airlines putting profits over people's lives was outrageous! They should've been forced into bankruptcy and never be allowed to operate any airlines ever again! Those responsible should've done prison time!
ll Kasper ll (2 months ago)
Society is so fucked.
These assholes ignored safety in the interest of boosting profitability, and it cost the lives of innocent customers (for the eighth time in the airline's history)...and yet they continue to exist as an airline. Fuck jail time and fines, the execs responsible for these decisions ought to be impaled with rusty javelins.
Absolutely sickening behavior. No punishment short of a slow death is enough for these types...
Justin Hopkins (2 months ago)
In this particular crash I truly think about the passengers and all they had to endure. Most crashes are over relatively quickly, but not this one. Being able to look out the right side of the plane, seeing LAX only miles away, so close but so far and knowing you won’t be able to rejoin the world. Truly horrific ending.
christopher hennessey (2 months ago)
Why isn’t someone from Alaska Airlines in jail for this?
joe m (3 months ago)
WHAT CHEAP BASTARDS. WAS ANYONE AT AK AIRLINES HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND IMPRISONED?
Xtreme Gamerz (3 months ago)
Was the airlines fined at leadt a few mill dollars ?
Dave G (3 months ago)
Now this airline allows it's male pilots to rape people...... NEVER FLY THESE FUCK SHITS
mswsjsu (3 months ago)
R.I.P KRISTIN MILLS! WE'LL REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS. YOUR FORMER COWORKERS AT RENOAIR
Clorox Bleach (3 months ago)
My dad always told me this was at night?
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER (3 months ago)
AA corp should have faced serious jail punishment for that, what morons, they literally killed their own customers, shame
Parkers253 (13 days ago)
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER I agree. Just so ya know AA=American Airlines Alaska Airlines code is AS
Wckd Is Good (3 months ago)
Der kleine General (3 months ago)
He knew that they're gonna die and his voice will be recorded and he decides for "Here we go" as his last words?
Banana Dickinson (3 months ago)
Could you do avianca 52
morskojvolk (3 months ago)
What I want to know is what happened to the people responsible for the lax maintenance and falsified records? Were any of them brought to trial?
Otto Falk (3 months ago)
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Unistal Protogent 360 (3 months ago)
Nice remake! But i prefer the older version. may those who perished in this tragedy Rest In Peace.
Busta Nuts (3 months ago)
We don't belong in the sky Mutha fuckas. The smallest thing could kill hundreds.
Llanetaboy (3 months ago)
AeroSucre Flight 4544 please 😀
Master Cristoles (3 months ago)
Can you re do Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 with crash animation
Saif Khalfay (3 months ago)
The pilots were amazing, determination has made their will strong to fly continously, so brave, we have to learn from the.
daveyl123 (1 month ago)
The pilots had a nice, clear sky and a flyable aircraft with a malfunction that warranted an immediate emergency landing. There were airfields available in the vicinity. In this particular scenario, it would have been prudent to simply configure the plane for landing and divert to one of those airfields.
Chris M (2 months ago)
I agree. Still, I wonder -- knowing what we do now -- if there was anything that they could have done that would have led to a different and better scenario.
Sara Beth Williams (2 months ago)
They were, they did such an outstanding job trying to save their plane, despite the impossible odds against them.
mate Nd (3 months ago)
even a small noise or shake make me terrified while flying.i cant imagine what they went through .rip
검은 바탕 흰 글씨 (3 months ago)
Can you do Korean Airlines Flight 036 and Air China Flight 9018? It's a near-collision accident in O' hare.
BritishAvaition 922 (3 months ago)
This is the movie flight all over again :/
BritishAvaition 922 (3 months ago)
What so the movie is a remake of Alaska Flight 261
lynn crosby (3 months ago)
graphic helpful but he is not nose down until 10,26
Swiss 004 (3 months ago)
Im so mad at you
D. R. H. (3 months ago)
I have watched many of your videos here, they are very well done. I learned to fly in 1984 then joined the Marines a year later, but didn't fly then. Later in life, my Dad and I were avid attendees of the Reno National Champion Air Races in Reno Nevada. I was there when the Galloping Ghost crashed during the "Gold Class" heat on Fri. 16 Sept. 2011 and watched in horror when it hit the ground upon the completion of the third lap. I was on a side street at the beginning of the "Valley of Speed" portion of the course and could tell that The Ghost was at a higher throttle setting and flying faster that the rest of the airplanes in the heat.
I think that the story would be something worth animating and narrating. Look here for more info; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Galloping_Ghost_(aircraft)
Infinite Flite (3 months ago)
Didn’t you already make this
Kadu Penuela (3 months ago)
Corporations are always trying to maximize profits, if they can risk people's lives and get away with it they will. Luckily, aviation is one of the most well regulated markets and filled with great security protocols and good, passionate, workers like those two pilots. Let's hope this never happens again.
P.E.I. Man -Canada- (3 months ago)
Your videos are excellent, BUT, have you watched September Clues Full Documentary on youtube by simon shack? It shows how the planes on 9-11 2001 attack were FAKED digital flights, and it is only 1 of many videos showing how CNN, Fox, NBC, all worked together to trick people into war. This is nothing new and is still happening. Please watch it and SHARE.
John Richards (3 months ago)
Why is this airline still in business?
I read in yesterday’s Times how the carriers are quietly replacing the already cramped seats in their fleets with even narrower ones spaced closer together so they can squeeze a few more bucks out of their customers. The FAA refuses to respond to passenger association complaints because they say it’s not a safety issue.
The motivation for such contemptuous customer treatment is larger quarterly profits to please stockholders, with resulting big bonuses for the executives. This is business as usual in today's corporate America.
The airlines are highly profitable these days but greed has no limits. To cut costs further the airlines are outsourcing maintenance to independent contractors in developing countries. Expect more mechanical failures.
The whole flying experience, from being nickel-and-dimed on prices to the degrading security theater at the airport to the delays and finally the claustrophobic seating environment has become unbearable. I’m retired and have done my world traveling. I still enjoy long road trips in my Jaguar. My flying days are over.
Derek Brosnan (3 months ago)
Infinite Flight Reloaded (3 months ago)
When Alaska Airlines retires their MD-83’s in 2008 there probably in service today with another airline like Allegiant Air as an example since there know for their MD-80’s that meant when Alaska Airlines got rid of them and did not want them anymore Allegiant Air must’ve bought them and added them into their fleet
daveyl123 (1 month ago)
As long as planes still have cycle lives, and they haven't been sitting for 3 years, they can be flown in air commerce. However, all the ADs, SBs and other gripes should be corrected, and systems needed for flight must be functioning and maintained.
Tate Wang (3 months ago)
8:34 what’s that noise?
BORIS THE BADASS TEETH GUY (3 months ago)
Request: new york 1960 air collision
Scout10 (3 months ago)
uberlingen mid-air collision
ENERCON-FAN wir wollen ENERCON Sidorow (3 months ago)
Can you pls di the Überlingen Crash between BTC-2937 and DHL-611
StaticImage (3 months ago)
Outstanding remake. But my god, what an awful tragedy. The remake really adds a lot.
Brigée Martinez (3 months ago)
I do not know much about planes, but your videos fascinate me. Keep up the good work
Coolbrobro12 (3 months ago)
Allec. I Am Sorry For What I Did. I Was A Stupid 9 Year Old. Please forgive me.
Kevin Adam Darapai (3 months ago)
I have a question for you, fella. Why there's no crash animation anymore??? Kinda suck without it.
John Richards (3 months ago)
Kevin Adam Darapai Crash animation is beyond the capabilities of retail-level flight simulation software. At the pro level, crash animations can be generated automatically from the data on the black box flight recorder. Too bad we can’t get them on YouTube.
Jim Leon (3 months ago)
Thanks for the remake! You provide a great service, notwithstanding know-it-all critics.
Joseph Velasquez (3 months ago)
The people making those decisions at this airline should have been jailed!
Dolly Dagger (5 days ago)
Charges should have been brought against them, but the FAA was complicit as noted by the NTSB's contributing factors: Alaska Airlines's extended end play check interval and the FAA's approval of that extension, which allowed the acme nut threads to deteriorate to the point of failure without the opportunity for detection
Rob Younan (3 months ago)
that comment by f.o. "they are putting pressure on you" damn shame...