Boeing 747 nearly CRASHES into Central Athens.

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  • Published on May 26, 2022

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  • Mentour Pilot
    Mentour Pilot  4 months ago +155

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    • SleekOperator
      SleekOperator Month ago

      Very good dramatization and explanation of what happened & how the hero pilot saved all souls aboard. Indeed, captain Migadis with nerves of steel flew later on the same day! There have been some documentaries in Greek TV (poor quality though) over the years about it, including the captain's interview, but you have beautifully described it with all the required facts.

    • Daniel Knoll
      Daniel Knoll 4 months ago

      I very much enjoy your videos. They are informative and well done. I have one question though: in this age of technology, why aren't there a few cameras on the exterior of modern aircraft? Do you think this could be an aid to situational awareness in the event of a bird strike? Tire blowout? Engine failure? Icing? Landing gear problems? Fire?

    • Jordane Gordon
      Jordane Gordon 4 months ago

      @Mentour Pilot hey, do you think I can become a commercial pilot without geography? Can I become a commercial with just math, physics, chem?

    • Ahmed A.
      Ahmed A. 4 months ago

      The narration and animation are excellent, thank you.

    • Mike B
      Mike B 4 months ago

      Air France 447!!!!!!! Do Air France 447! It's one of the most horrifying incidents that I'm aware of, with the pilots completely disoriented, over water, with nowhere to land, no visual cues and faulty instruments.

  • Sυρεr Frσg
    Sυρεr Frσg 4 months ago +2131

    My uncle was a 747 pilot at Olympic Airlines back then. Ioannis Migadis was a living legend among Olympic pilots. As you said Migadis was not trying to save the plane. Rather he was trying to reach the mountain est of the center of Athens to crash in a less populated area. You 3D renconstitution is nice but there are no tiled roofs in Athens but rather flat terraces. Migadis said that the flat terraces helped create ground effect. Also some think that the hot air rising from the streets created a lifting current adding a slightly ascending force that helped the plane to continue flying despite being quite under the stall speed. Some other say Zeus intervened directly to avoid the crash of a plane named after him. I am of the latter .⚡

    • Cathy Parsons
      Cathy Parsons 5 days ago

      @goPlay because when you get to V1, the plane can’t stop, it HAS to take off.

    • Manolis Nikolakis
      Manolis Nikolakis 11 days ago

      @Ayrton Senna all these took place in 90-100 seconds untill they escape the danger and not the time of narrative...

    • CONGREGATION
      CONGREGATION 18 days ago

      Cool 😎

    • Costa Liberta
      Costa Liberta 24 days ago +1

      zeus had probably spotted some beautiful lady on that plane, otherwise he would have crashed it himself.
      he later appeared in front of her in the form of a stray cat. we all know what happened next.

    • Sanaan01
      Sanaan01 2 months ago

      YEA

  • TheHunt3r
    TheHunt3r 4 months ago +527

    Usually a lot of things have to go wrong at the same time for a plane to crash. This time a lot of things went just right for it to fly, what a refreshing experience. Props to the crew for their skill and professionality.

    • Billswiftgti
      Billswiftgti Day ago

      except in this scenario, all of simulations show crash. But it didn't

    • tylisirn
      tylisirn 2 months ago +2

      @David Mueller That's why it's only done when necessary to be able to land at all. The maximum take off weight of a 747 is higher than the maximum landing weight. (Same goes for all long haul planes.)
      And depending on the type of emergency, it is sometimes preferable to risk damage to the landing gear by landing heavy than to spend the considerable time dumping fuel.

    • David Mueller
      David Mueller 2 months ago +1

      @tylisirn wow so it would take at least 1.5hrs to dump a full tank? That seems awfully long especially if you’re dealing w/ a mechanical emergency!

    • tylisirn
      tylisirn 2 months ago +2

      @David Mueller Dumping fuel is very slow process. The 747 can dump 2 tons per minute and this whole thing lasted only couple minutes. The amount of fuel a fully loaded 747 carries is about 200 tons and and altogether with passengers and cargo the plane weighs over 300 tons.

    • Robert Gary
      Robert Gary 2 months ago

      Boeings final report is that the problem happened when the engineer turned off the water injection. Once he turned it back on the plane climbed out normally.

  • Nick Haralampopoulos
    Nick Haralampopoulos 4 months ago +474

    Back then most pilots of Olympic were former fighter pilots. They were experienced in making split-second decisions. Like Sully, Migadis was also former Air Force pilot.

    • Billswiftgti
      Billswiftgti Day ago

      @Larry Thielen let me tell you that they were former HAF pilots, which alone is enough

    • Commandant Anfield•900M views
      Commandant Anfield•900M views 2 days ago +1

      @Bengali In Platforms sum ting wong

    • Emily M
      Emily M 2 months ago +6

      I was on an Olympic Airways flight landing in Athens. The plane hit a wind shear just before we touched down. The plane jerked violently and many people were screaming on board. The woman behind me grabbed hold of my seat and my hair in the process. Then I started yelling. Meanwhile, you could feel the pilot quickly correcting the tilt and we landed safely. I have to hand it to whoever was piloting that despite the herky jerky maneuvers, we were all safe! This was around 1986.

    • Bengali In Platforms
      Bengali In Platforms 2 months ago +4

      @Chrille B Captain Wie Tu Lo?

    • Chrille B
      Chrille B 3 months ago +4

      Well, that asian guy who pulled the wrong lever and crashed that propeller plane was a former fighter pilot.

  • James Kasabalis
    James Kasabalis 4 days ago +63

    I was on this flight almost 44 years ago. I was 15 years old traveling by myself to New York after spending most of the summer with relatives in Greece. I still have my passport and plane tickets from this flight if you need to verify what I'm saying.
    Your video is fascinating and really tells most of the story. From a passenger's perspective, I was seated next to the left wing, at a section of 3 seats next to the window. Since I was seated across and parallel to the right wing, I was able to see the flame out and heavy black smoke from engine 3 as the plane shook when it happened. I can tell you with certainly that most passengers knew immediately something was wrong as we could clearly see we were flying just over the roof tops of buildings and not gaining altitude. There were 3 Greek priests seated a few rows behind me, and they began praying out load resulting in lots of crying and some screaming among the passengers. Some of us remained calm but very worried. I could see in the eyes of the flight attendants that they knew we were in serious trouble.
    I was seated with and next to a newly wedded couple who had shared with me before takeoff, as we engaged in cordial conversation, that they had just found out they were having a baby. As we experienced this terrible predicament, we actually held arms because we were so afraid.
    Your entire depiction of what was happening outside the plane regarding our altitude, speed, and landmarks is very accurate, and I clearly remember the hills we could see ahead of us. I also remember the gradual left turn away from the hills and over the sea where we were also then able to see fuel being ejected from the tip of the wing we were sitting next to.
    We, of course, made it back to the airport. When we exited the plane, which in those days in Athens was by walking down the steps and not through the tube, I remember seeing a number of, I assume, members of the press taking pictures while others shook the hand of the the flight deck crew.
    We were taken back to the terminal where we waited some hours as another 747, which was being prepped for a flight to London, was then given to us to fly to New York later that day.
    In other conversations with personnel at the terminal, we were told the highway next to the airport was cleared in case we had to emergency land there.
    When I finally arrived in New York, my Dad had been waiting for me at the airport, and he had been waiting for hours past the time we were supposed to arrive. The airport arrival screen in New York said only that the flight was delayed...no other information. He tried to find out more but to no avail. I told him what had happened, and he didn't believe me. A few days later, he apologized to me after reading the story and seeing photographs in the Greek newspaper.
    Watching your video gave me chills all these years later as this was an experience I never forgot, but I kind of repressed all along.
    Should you ever need to reach out to me for more information, from the passenger perspective, please feel free to do so. Thank you for the great video.

    • James Kasabalis
      James Kasabalis 7 hours ago +1

      @Rhisav Bora Yes, we were very lucky indeed. I've thought of the many things that wouldn't have happened, as a result of our life experiences, had we perished that day.

    • Rhisav Bora
      Rhisav Bora 13 hours ago +1

      @James Kasabalis if i didn't saw this video and someone told me something like this had happened I'd have been hard to believe for me too..everyone on board that plane was really lucky.. You have one of the most life time of a experience to share in this world

    • James Kasabalis
      James Kasabalis Day ago +9

      @jaim haas strangely, this is the most I've talked about it since it happened. I've hardly talked about it since it happened. Most people didn't believe me so I stopped talking about it. I somehow suppressed it, but I never forgot the details. Coming across this video finally gave me an outlet to express myself about this traumatic experience at the age of 15 I kept bottled up for so long. I somehow feel relieved now...weird feeling...I feel lighter, more buoyant. Thanks for your response.

    • jaim haas
      jaim haas Day ago +3

      The story of a lifetime...wow.

    • Kyriakos Giota
      Kyriakos Giota Day ago +4

      Ειμαι πολύ χαρούμενη που άκουσα την ιστορία από έναν άνθρωπο εντός του αεροπλάνου...και χαίρομαι που όλα πήγαν καλά! Δόξα το θεό!!!!

  • devoncarl
    devoncarl 4 months ago +96

    Thank you Petter for one of the most riveting accounts ever given. I’m a former Purser on 747-400s and 777s and 767-400s and it’s also very gratifying when a cabin crew’s professionalism is mentioned. On behalf of us past and those present, BRAVO!

    • Ann Lidslot
      Ann Lidslot 3 months ago +6

      Hi, It seems tome that Mentour Pilot, Petter, is (unusually?) good at mentioning and crediting cabin crew in his videos, and rightly so.
      I as an end user of the flight industry, I find that the cabin crews I've met during my travels (I'm a WCHS traveler) are almost without fail, the most pleasant and kind service people you can ever hope to encounter. Thank you, and thank you all curren cabin crews out there for what you do, despite having to deal with the worst modern humanity throws at you. You guys rock. Yours, Ann

    • Hugh Boyd
      Hugh Boyd 3 months ago +2

      100% agree with you. So many incidents or accidents where cabin crew have played a critical role in the outcome.
      I remember reading Richard De Crespigny’s account of flight QF32, and he makes special mention of the role his cabin crew played in the successful evacuation of the aircraft. Worth a read.

  • DaddyBeanDaddyBean
    DaddyBeanDaddyBean 4 months ago +1075

    I've said it before and I'll say it again - you are a *gifted* storyteller, and these videos are absolutely fascinating. You include just the right amount of technical explanation (e.g. the water/glycol system). I enjoy the feeling that we're just sitting in my living room or by a fireplace in a pub somewhere while you're telling me this story - me, just me, not many thousands of TheXvid viewers. Well done sir, and thank you!

    • Lynne Benson
      Lynne Benson Month ago

      @A C. Thank goodness for the internet!

    • A C.
      A C. Month ago +1

      @Lynne Benson nice to know I'm not the only "socially isolated" one. Thank goodness for TheXvid channels like this.

    • William Gao
      William Gao Month ago

      @Mentour Pilot 1

    • Norma Tible
      Norma Tible 2 months ago

      He is a pilot so he knows what happened

    • Blade The Flippy
      Blade The Flippy 2 months ago

      Very true. I was just about to write a similar review and I saw this!!

  • Gloria
    Gloria 3 months ago +56

    As a college instructor, I have to tell you how much I admire your willingness to be right up front about the difference in your sources, that they are primary but not your usual report sources.

  • michael schwartz
    michael schwartz 4 months ago +38

    I had to pause the video and do a "Happy Dance" when you got to the part where they safely landed and everyone survived! I didn't know this flight ended with all surviving, I thought everyone was going to die. What a great feeling! This just made my night! Great video Mentour Pilot and great job flight crew of the 747!! 😁😄!!

    • xenadu02
      xenadu02 24 days ago +1

      The pilots, ATC, and everyone else thought they were going to die too! Just goes to show: fly your aircraft and don't give up! Double-check, triple-check. Keep trying. If they had given up, if the flight engineer hadn't gone back to double-check all settings, etc they wouldn't have had such a happy ending.

    • Rebecca Mumford
      Rebecca Mumford Month ago +4

      I can’t watch the ones where the plane crashes and everyone dies. Or at least it’s hard to watch.
      But stories like this one, when the pilots fight for survival and win generally makes me happy.

  • Batters56
    Batters56 4 months ago +48

    I’d love to know your thoughts on the safety margin left by the pilots on this one? As others have mentioned, if losing an engine at V2 means the plane is only saved by a supreme feat of airmanship then surely something has gone wrong in the planning of the flight? Would they have discussed engine out performance back then?

    • Batters56
      Batters56 24 days ago

      @Costa Liberta No, these days they can take off just fine having lost an engine. It’s still an emergency, but the plane should never be in any great danger.

    • Robert Gary
      Robert Gary 24 days ago +1

      @Costa Liberta no we always have enough thrust if we lose one engine. In fact when we do our performance calculations we always assume we’ll lose an engine every time.

    • Costa Liberta
      Costa Liberta 24 days ago

      maybe any type of plane would have the same problem, since the engine blew off seconds after takeoff. there is simply not enough thrust.

    • Robert Gary
      Robert Gary 2 months ago

      @Kuba Ober I read the Boeing report. They said that the moment the flight engineer turned the water injection back on the 3 engines went to higher power and the plane flew normally. So they just didn’t expect someone to turn it off

    • Kuba Ober
      Kuba Ober 2 months ago +2

      I guess these days the equivalent would be engine out at v2 + field altitude + high temperature that’s risen a degree or two since the pilots did their planning + max load for conditions + tailwind picking up. It’d be just as scary today as it was back then.

  • woah good
    woah good 4 months ago +54

    The mental image of the sigma cabin crew "I think we're screwed" "Yeah I know" while the pilots podrace their damaged 2.95 engined 747 through a densely populated city and the passengers happily snap photos absolutely got me.

    • Captain Zeppos
      Captain Zeppos 3 months ago +3

      @Dowlphwin There are several witnesses from this flight (which IIRC mostly had American passengers returning to NY) who have repeatedly said that they thought the reason for the low altitude was some sort of scenic tour and not a potentially catastrophic ongoing issue. Thus they found it normal to grab their cameras and start taking pictures.

    • Dowlphwin
      Dowlphwin 3 months ago

      @Derek Stuart Right. Someone would probably have noticed it if the stewardess did, too. Someone on a window seat.

    • Derek Stuart
      Derek Stuart 3 months ago +2

      @Dowlphwin given that there was an engine failure, I'd have thought the passengers would have been agitated anyway. I know I would be.

    • Dowlphwin
      Dowlphwin 3 months ago +2

      What (apart from Mentour) suggested that they were positively excited instead of taking photos because they considered it worryingly unusual/extreme? All tourists with no one understanding the problem? And can reports of a calm passenger cabin reliably indicate lack of concern?

  • Montgomery Burns
    Montgomery Burns 4 months ago +34

    Even though I know the outcome, I was still clenching the arms of my chair. Great storytelling, Petter, and excellent animations. I'm glad to be a member of your Flight Crew! Thank you!

  • Mark
    Mark 4 months ago +43

    In my initial training I was told to fly as smoothly as possible,keeping in mind cabin crew walking around with pots of hot coffee.
    However,when I got online at the airline i was lucky enough to fly with a Captain who had a similar experience to this in a 737.
    He was known for demanding extremely smooth handling and told me it was because it was that which saved the aircraft.
    The final report attributed the successful outcome to his delicate handling of the aircraft.
    I've flown with many rough handlers over the years and it's detrimental in a situation like this.

    • Mar Hawkman
      Mar Hawkman 3 months ago +3

      @Mentour Pilot what do you think of the suggestion that perhaps flying over the city streets like that gave the airplane a little lift due to the heat creating a (probably weak) updraft? It's something I saw in a few other comments.

    • Mentour Pilot
      Mentour Pilot  4 months ago +7

      True to a certain extent

  • Al Kaholic
    Al Kaholic 4 months ago +6

    Imagine what was going through the minds of the crew (flight attendants included) when you've already resigned yourself to die and are just trying to do it in a less populated area, to shortly afterwards find themselves flying again then not too long after safely back on the ground. What a surreal day that would've been.

  • theAessaya
    theAessaya 4 months ago +12

    What an amazing story and storytelling! Thank you! Definitely a nailbiter, this one. Absolutely amazing job by the entire flight crew to keep the plane in the air and the passengers calm.

  • Enas Agnostos
    Enas Agnostos 4 months ago +21

    I finally understood something thanks to your vid. I perfectly remember in April 1999 seeing an OA 747 taking off from Hellinikon, as we were coming to pick-up my grandparents from the airport. Not only did the aircraft make a hard turn to the left while taking off (I remember my mom finding it impressive), it also had very smokey engines (especially compared to today's planes), so much that I thought they were on fire. Now I know why :)

  • ar schkemon
    ar schkemon 4 months ago +7

    Thanks for this interesting video.
    I have a question:
    Round about 5:20 you told that due to the water-glycol injection the engine power increases to 110 % but the thrust increases from 46,150 LBS to 47,670 LBS, which is only about 3 %. Is there an error (which I don't believe), and if not, would you please be so kind to explain the difference? Thank you.

  • Gail Peterson
    Gail Peterson 17 days ago +1

    Oh my goodness. That was an amazing story, Captain; you had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Kudos to that flight crew for keeping their wits and flying that beast so very well to its safe conclusion.

  • Yozimbo
    Yozimbo 4 months ago +10

    Another fascinating story, thank you! As a side story, there were 7 abandoned airplanes of Olympic Airways in the defunct Ellinikon International Airport (LGAT), one of them being the first ever 747-200 (MSN20825/ SX-CBA "Olympic Eagle") of Olympic Airways. Unfortunately, in typical Greek style, no one cared about them (despite some efforts from aviation enthusiasts and historians to be preserved in an air museum as pieces of Greek aviation history) and last I heard they were to be sold last year for ... scrap metal.

    • antimnimoniakos
      antimnimoniakos 3 months ago

      I think these planes were on TAIPED.

    • Charlie Whiskey
      Charlie Whiskey 3 months ago

      That is just so sad to hear.

    • parsleylion unk
      parsleylion unk 3 months ago +1

      The 747 and some 73/727's are still there.The 747 tipped onto it's tail during the recent heavy snowfalls in Athens.

  • mr_andrew93
    mr_andrew93 4 months ago +386

    The Ellinikon airport closed down in 2001 and I remember my grandpa taking me to the street just outside where the Olympic jets were parked and abandoned and telling me this story. Mr. Migadis is considered a local folk hero by older Greeks.

    • Emily M
      Emily M 16 days ago

      I was stationed at Hellenikon Air Base, a US supply base that shared the airstrip with what used to be Athens International Airport. This base was closed in '93.
      I arrived in Athens in 1985, and one of many never forget moments living in Greece,was to see a Greek tank parked out front of the Airport !

    • mr_andrew93
      mr_andrew93 4 months ago +1

      @DakLak Digital True but it's bigger and safer. Although I still wish they'd still kept the old one in service for smaller aircraft and flights.

    • DakLak Digital
      DakLak Digital 4 months ago

      The new Athens airport, roughly NNW of the city is boring. Long runways, no mountains - just like thousands of airports around the the world. The old downtown airport is a residential and tourist area.

    • Ανδρεας Τσιρογιαννης
      Ανδρεας Τσιρογιαννης 4 months ago +1

      @Dirk van den Berg "Heraklion" airport is not located in Athens. It is aclually located in the big island of Crete, on the southern border of Greece. Athens has 2 airports now. There is "Hellenikon" the airport in which this incident happened (it was closed/ decommissioned some years ago, the remains of it are still there), and Athens International airport "El. Venizelos" which is the main active airport of Athens up until now :)

    • Babis Kouratoras
      Babis Kouratoras 4 months ago +5

      @Dirk van den Berg Nope.Heraklion airport is on an island called Crete, 200 km south of Athens.Nothing to do with Elinikon airport.There was no other international airport in Athens at that time, only few military bases not eligible to accept civilian flights.

  • ianoverseas
    ianoverseas 4 months ago +4

    Yep, keep 'em coming. Near misses are as engaging as fatal accidents when told by someone like you with a great balance of technical and story telling. You've opened up a goldmine of content. Thanks, Petter.

  • Nikola Ribic
    Nikola Ribic 4 months ago +4

    Incredible story! You mentioned something about an interview with Capt. Migadis early in the presentation. It would be nice to watch that interview and (assuming its in Greek) have someone translate it into English. Anyway, you had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, so well done and I look forward to more stories from the aviation world from you.

  • leiju
    leiju 4 months ago +2

    Thank you for this (once again and as always) brilliant video!
    I have been a panic-ridden flyer ever since experiencing a near-crash landing followed by 40 minutes of holding (during which even the flight attendants lost their cool) followed by a hard-core storm landing (2001 Swissair flight PRN-ZRH). I have done everything possible to shake the airplane induced panic attacks but so far nothing's done the trick. I love your videos because they always show what we have learned and what we're doing better.
    Just before the pandemic, I was on a ZRH-PMI flight when some minutes after take-off faint white smoke started seeping into the cabin. It just so happened that I was sat next to a flight attendant by the overwing exit. When I noticed the smoke (thank you fear for the hyper-vigilance), she immediately confirmed my suspicions that something wasn't right, got out of her seat, and all of the crew assembled at the front of the plane. Barely five minutes later, we were informed that we were turning back to ZRH.
    I never did find out what happened.
    I also never got to thank that angel of a flight attendant who, after the announcement that we were turning back, spent the rest of the twenty or so minutes reassuring me and making sure I understood exactly what was happening and why.
    As such, it would be lovely to hear more of these sorts of events: the ones that *didn't* hit the headlines due to mass casualties and perhaps even changed something in the way the aviation industry does things.

  • VICTOR LANGFORD
    VICTOR LANGFORD 4 months ago +3

    Thanks, Captain, for this amazing story, and for all your hard work compiling it.
    It genuinely had me sitting on the edge of my seat...
    Your graphics were totally convincing, and your commentary was, as always, pitched at just the right level of complexity for us non - aviators to follow easily.
    Bravo!

  • Iasonas Kapotsis
    Iasonas Kapotsis 4 months ago +604

    It was about time for this wonderful aviation story to become known and for Cpt. Migadis to get the recognition he deserves ✈

    • Thomas Blanchard
      Thomas Blanchard 2 months ago

      @Andrew Norris I'm thinking even kerosene jet fuel dumped may have been too great a fire hazard in a city with various potential ignition sources.

    • Helena Franzén
      Helena Franzén 2 months ago +2

      Yes, I too love a story with a happy ending for once. Too bad these stories are shaded by the ones that takes lives. The Miracle of Gottröra is also one story with a hero flight crew saving the day. Petter did a video about that one as well.

    • Katman Luke
      Katman Luke 3 months ago

      @Phil Lee the very brief clip I saw could've been 20 yrs ago, the documentary may have gotten it wrong, or possibly even my memory did. None of the details really matter.
      What does is I think most agree there should be a manual override for specific situations. Similar to the stupidity of Microsoft designers to stop allowing users freedom to turn off auto updates w/Windows 10. Another hijack basically, in the form of your internet connection.
      Hopefully I can find Mentour's analysis which always seems spot-on.

    • Phil Lee
      Phil Lee 3 months ago

      @Katman Luke "That video in the early Airbus days" was pilot overconfidence, not "fighting for control", He went against the original, very poor, briefing, descended too far, slowed too much, and then didn't start attempting to spool the engines up until it was far too late. The computers could not see the trees in front of and above them, so how could they know of the need to clear them? They had put the aircraft into landing configuration so there was no hard floor on altitude. Mentour even has a video on it.

    • Katman Luke
      Katman Luke 3 months ago +1

      @john street agreed! I've yet to see an ECU controlled automatic transmission in a car that can shift as well as I can for specific conditions/objectives, so it stands to reason it's highly unlikely an Airbus computer will ever be foolproof & able to replace a skilled pilot's best judgement in every situation. There should ALWAYS be a manual override on any electronic ECU where a failure could kill someone without that. Common sense really!

  • John Schultz
    John Schultz 4 months ago +7

    This video reminded me of something my father told me years ago. (He was a pilot with Pan American Grace and Braniff International.) I don’t remember if this was before or after the merger, For a flight out of LaPaz, the crew ran the departure calculations before competing the hour on O2 for LaPaz. As a result the numbers were off. The DC-8 was able to take off but remained in ground effect. The captain raised the landing gear and the aerodynamic improvement allowed the plane to gain speed and depart.

  • Buoy oh buoy
    Buoy oh buoy 4 months ago +4

    Thank you Petter for this amazing story, that you managed to skillfully put together with very little real evidence of what really happened.
    I remember your interview with Carlos Dardano, where one could really see the flame burning in his heart for aviation, perfection, and continuous improvement. He is a PRO of another era, probably closer to legends like Saint-Exupery, than modern commercial pilots, and his obsession with aerobatics says exactly that.
    Similarly, Quantas 32 was saved by De Crespigny, and Sully pulled another miracle in the Hudson, and Migadis did the same over Athens, and I am sure there are many more miracles like those. But those three pilots, together with Ms. Shults, that saved the SouthWest flight after suffering a catastrophic engine failure, have one thing in common. They were all Air Force pilots before flying commercial. And my sense, without any intent to demean commercial career pilots at all, is that there might be some advantage stemming from this military background, when the team in the flight deck have to deal with extreme circumstances like those.
    I think more in terms of forming a character to be at the same time humble, decisive, disciplined, obsessed with the chain of command, yet receptive to feedback, focused, cold blooded, and having a fighter’s mentality to not give up no matter what. I remember De Crespigny, he made sure while the plane was still on the tarmac, to clarify even to his very senior observers, that he was in charge. A simple act that may have contributed a great deal in saving the plane and the people, but an act that is more likely to come from somebody with military background I believe, where clarity is more important than civility.

  • Leigh Barrett
    Leigh Barrett 3 months ago +5

    This is a great story about an amazing event. There are 2 inaccuracies in the story. The first relating to crossing Pans Hill, which is about 200ft but to cross it at the point where it is this high the plane would have had to make a 45 degree right hand turn immediately after take off. It crossed the edge of Pans Hill at an elevation of less than 100ft. The other error is that the flight never went anywhere near the InterAmerica Tower (which is a 28 story building not 14) so the flight attendants would not be able to see the faces (the building is about 3 nautical miles from the flight path). I suspect these errors are not Mentour Pilots fault but that due to the limited available reliable sources (no final report) and so have to get info from very unreliable newspaper reports etc.. It seems fake news was around back then as well.

    • tinie15
      tinie15 10 days ago +3

      Regarding the Tower, I think the misunderstanding is caused by the wrong tower shown on the video. Apparently they flew by the Inter America building that was located (still is I think?) at the Siggrou avenue, which is on the path. It's a relatively shorter building than the one you speak of :)

    • Jeffrey Wynne
      Jeffrey Wynne 3 months ago +1

      I was totally thinking the same! Yesterday I posted a detailed analysis of the elevation encountered along the flight path, along with some questions this raised. Even if the aircraft went perfectly straight, there's aspects of the story (for example, the observations from the control tower) that just don't seem to add up as described in the video and other accounts. To be clear, I totally believe the flight crew's version of events - after all, Capt. Migadis even carried the flight data on him to prove he was telling the truth! Rather, I just get the sense that the present-day reconstruction of their flight path either isn't accurate, or is missing key details that could explain these discrepancies. It would be awesome to see the original flight data to definitively answer these questions!

  • fibbo obbif
    fibbo obbif 3 months ago +1

    Wow, what a crazy story! Miracles happen sometimes when pilots stay cool and trust in their capabilities.

  • Manolis Kiagias
    Manolis Kiagias 4 months ago +246

    In the Greek TV documentary about this, it was also suggested that the hot stream of air moving up from the city (due to the extreme temperature) provided more lift for the airplane and kept it in the air. This might have also been the reason the simulation always failed but the actual flight kept going. Anyway this is an excellent presentation of the events. Thanks a lot for this!

    • Costa Liberta
      Costa Liberta 24 days ago

      even so, hot air also cancelled the engines' performance. the plane just didn't lose any altitude, neat!

    • Randy Kelso
      Randy Kelso 4 months ago +1

      It would only take a handful of politicians to produce sufficient hot air to lift the heavy aircraft.😐

    • Science in Engineering
      Science in Engineering 4 months ago

      @LeontariF1
      " Osama Bin Laden crashed was hot air rising causing lower lift."
      That is not fully accurate.
      It was not the rising part of the hot air that cased the crash. It was when the helicopter transitioned from rising air to a tail wind and try to hover simultaneously.
      Hover in a tailwind, while possible, is very hard, and to my understanding the chopper was over specification, so the margin was razor thin

    • LeontariF1
      LeontariF1 4 months ago +3

      I believe the ground effect theory from the flatr roofs but not hot air rising theory. Hot air is less dense and causes lower lift. As a matter of fact it was said that the reason that one of the helicopters of the team that got Osama Bin Laden crashed was hot air rising causing lower lift.

    • Science in Engineering
      Science in Engineering 4 months ago

      @Jeffrey Zehner that is true, but its not like the plane is on the ground. A majority of the effect would be down the first 30 meters. Then the head wind would increase pretty much lineary with the reduction in updraft

  • qopoy dnon
    qopoy dnon 4 months ago +3

    It was about time for this wonderful aviation story to become known and for Cpt. Migadis to get the recognition he deserves

  • Germaine Boatwala -Sidhva

    What an amazing story! Your explanation of events and their causes was lucid and interesting. Glad the pilots had skills required to survive this!

  • Michelle Harfield
    Michelle Harfield 4 months ago +2

    I really enjoy your series - you explain these events with such frankness. Thank you for putting your time into these and using your professional life to educate.

  • Aaron Koch
    Aaron Koch 4 months ago

    Your incident summary videos are one of my favorite things on the internet. Thank you so much for all your hard work (and your team)

  • Fawn Hamilton
    Fawn Hamilton 4 months ago +368

    Obvious massive props to the pilots, but we shouldn’t forget the fact that the cabin crew was *so good at staying calm that people were taking pictures like tourists in a potentially deathly situation*
    Like damn, that’s impressive

    • Buoy oh buoy
      Buoy oh buoy 3 months ago +2

      @Nickle This was 42 years ago, when aviation was way less disciplined than today. That aside, being in brace position on a plane loaded with 200 tons of fuel, about to crash into buildings at a speed of 160 knots, (just shy of 300 kilometers per hour), would not have helped in any way, but just cause panic. Would the poor passengers of those highjacked planes that crashed into the twin towers have any chance of survival if they were in brace position?

    • Merit Wolf
      Merit Wolf 4 months ago +2

      Any time someone starts ragging on modern people taking cell-phone video instead of understanding what's happening, I'm going to point them here. Some things don't change as much as we think.

    • Diego C.
      Diego C. 4 months ago +2

      @Nickle I would ground the crew for a couple of days, even if they say they're fine. That was a very stressful situation. Besides, they should've been making a report, giving their testimony, I don't know. It seems very rushed to just put them on another plane and keep going as usual.

    • James Ricker
      James Ricker 4 months ago +3

      They were taking pictures and hoping their pictures would survive as a last goodbye and to provide evidence of what went wrong

  • Jon Harbour
    Jon Harbour 4 months ago +1

    Amazing video Petter. Loved it. When I was a teenager in London back in the late 1970s, I used to spend a lot of time aircraft spotting at Heathrow Airport, which was about 8km from my home. We lived under the approach flight path for what was then runway 28R. Occasionally, the prevailing wind was in the other direction and we would get aircraft taking off over our house. I remember one summer Sunday afternoon hearing a deafening racket outside of a big aircraft clearly struggling. When I went out into the back yard, I saw a PIA B747 that was definitely below 1,000 feet altitude desperately struggling to gain height, with engines roaring at full throttle. Normally by the time departing aircraft reached out house they were MUCH higher, so the jumbo was obviously in a bit of strife. I never heard any more of the incident, but I can only guess that the aircraft had suffered a similar engine failure during take-off and managed to get back around to land back at Heathrow.
    I've never seen anything on this incident, but I can still remember it so clearly all these years later. Would really love to know more about what happened. Imagine what a catastrophe it would have been over London... Thanks goodness it got back safely.

  • Silent Diver
    Silent Diver 4 months ago +3

    Amazing story! Kodus to the crew for keeping their cool and never giving up on their airplane!

  • Glenn Cooper
    Glenn Cooper 4 months ago +1

    What an incredible story! I thought I knew all the big aviation stories, but not this one. Thanks for putting this out there.

  • Broadcast Team Alpha
    Broadcast Team Alpha 4 months ago +1

    I am a retired pilot in the USA from Norway - with some interesting stories including getting almost lost in the wilderness of Canada - have you ever dealt with anything like that?

  • John Athanasiou
    John Athanasiou 4 months ago +421

    Thank you so much Petter for honouring Captain Sifis Migadis, Greece's "Sully" & the miracle of OA411.
    Migadis's 2 daughters were also told about their father from a cousin of theirs who saw the plane barely fly above the light towers of Panaionios football stadium in Athens as many had presumed the aircraft would surely crash.
    Had the aircraft crashed into the densely populated area of Athens, the combined death toll from both those on-board & those likely killed on the ground would've likely exceeded that of the Tenerife crash between the KLM & PanAm Boeing 747s.
    Being 43c, many residents would've been staying inside their apartment buildings likely having a siesta with the aircon on.
    Migadis actually kept a copy of the flight data recorder data because as he had exclaimed in an interview on Greek TV that he felt people would have thought he was totally insane that the plane was even airborne at those speeds & Boeing had the same view.
    Migadis proudly showed the FDR results to the interviewer.
    A young pilot rushed into the office of Olympic Airways Aviation Safety Director, Olympic airways capt. Akrivos Tsolakis, urging him: "Sir, come and see an airliner that is going to fall into the sea!".
    The very same Akrivos Tsolakis would become lead accident investigator on Helios 522.
    It's true that Migadis didn't actually get a well deserved day off but had piloted the ATH - JFK Boeing 747 PAX flight approx 1800p that same day, but Sifis did achieve legendary status both amongst Olympic Airways pilots and all of Greece.
    It's true that when other 747-200 pilots were presented this exact scenario in the 747 simulator that most ended up crashing.
    Despite this, at the time Migadis was criticised by some for breaking a stack of rules but the irony is had Migadis followed the rules & not his own ingenuity in such an unusual, non-textbook situation the flight would've ended up far different.
    Migadis also praised first officer Fikardos & had remarked at the time that had it been anyone else they would've not retracted te gear as per Olympic & 747 SOP instead of following Migadis orders.
    Finally, huge kudos for having the balls to pronounce such uncommon Greek words such as lekanopaidio (Λεκανοπέδιο).
    Hat's off to you, captain & happy new year to you, all your family & all the very best in 2022 & beyond

    • Ann Lidslot
      Ann Lidslot 3 months ago +3

      @John Athanasiou Hi, From a very cold Scandinavia; that sounds to me as a part of heaven.
      I recently became aware of the fact that aside from all the historical wonders of Athens, there are also very nice beaches around. These days with "contributing factores" in my medical history, I've been looking at places in Europe that can be reached by car, may it take a lot of time or not to get there, while being nice and warm and a good vacation place. Athens has made that list, though the information above has made me aware that I must look for places with modern day aircon, while visiting. Yours, Ann

    • antimnimoniakos
      antimnimoniakos 3 months ago +2

      @isthatrubble Those days temp was rising to 40 C maybe more for three-four days. Then was lower and at nights we covered ourselves with a light blanket. Since 2012 heat lasts from June to August and is not lower at night. At night is 30 C which is much. Weather has changed.

    • antimnimoniakos
      antimnimoniakos 3 months ago +7

      In my opinion Migadis is not Sully. Sully did the unthinkable but he had a few minutes to be prepared. Migadis hadn't. He thought the plane would crash. He made great job and saved it.

    • Katman Luke
      Katman Luke 3 months ago +6

      Thanks for all this additional info!
      My take on Capt Migadis's decision to lift the gear against protocol is perhaps his fighter pilot instincts flying by "the seat of his pants" told him despite what "the books say" he had enough lift to fight & keep her airborne for that brief 15 secs added drag & felt the benefit of added boost being free of ALL gear drag on the other side of that 15 secs for the duration of the flight was doable & worth it. Clearly he was right! Same as the early days of aviation there's no substitute for a good pilot in tune w/his plane! For that particular situation he knew the 747 better than Boeing thanks to I'm guessing in part his backside! What an amazing victory against all odds thanks to an exceptional pilot.

    • stathis K
      stathis K 3 months ago +2

      You have to understand the time context here... This Athens in the 70 s and is the 9th of August. So yes it is a hot day but it is clearly inside the "people vacation period" meaning that above 70% of Athens , maybe more at not in Athens indeed. For sure a big portion of children's are in parents villages or summer camps. So a lot of people are not at home, but off course if the plane crashed somewhere it will be clearly in luck how many are inside their home, but this Athens with very dense populated areas. In any case thank god, the plane didn't crash so we are ok.

  • marshie1337
    marshie1337 Month ago

    petter, youre really good at telling these aviation stories. one of a kind imo

  • James Gleave
    James Gleave 4 months ago

    The production value and detail of this video is incredible! I’d watch a whole series of these! As good as Air Crash Investigation!

  • Peter Michael Sullivan
    Peter Michael Sullivan 4 months ago +1

    Hooray: a good news great piloting story! And a relief to hear a pilot *finally* talk about ground effect. Another excellent video Petter!

  • bob8mybobbob
    bob8mybobbob Month ago

    The speed at which pilots go from “normal day at work” to “I am probably going to die, but I will do everything in my power to save as many lives as possible” is insane

  • Aaron Everett
    Aaron Everett 4 months ago

    This is such a great story. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

  • mike hughes
    mike hughes 4 months ago

    Thank you so much for another interesting feature, so clearly explained. I once worked with Stuart Culling, at the AAIB (Farnborough), on a Helicopter crash investigation. He is also a very interesting character, with a wealth of knowledge and like yourself, a very nice man. Greetings from North Wales (take no notice of those buggers in South Wales...).

  • Hubris Wonk
    Hubris Wonk 4 months ago

    That was amazing!
    How often are power restrictions put on engine thrust?

  • George Lyras
    George Lyras 4 months ago +1

    Amazing. I live in Greece and I only heard about this incident a few weeks a go. Im SO glad you made a video for this.!
    A well made presentation as always. Thank you

  • marios manousakis
    marios manousakis 4 months ago +253

    i was waiting for a new episode and since i am greek im double happy with this one. i just wanted to tell you a big THANK YOU for all your vids, i used to be so afraid about flying, because i was experiencing so many unknown things on an aircraft and that made me so nervous but after watching so many vids of yours and kelsey's, i feel like the next time i get in an aircraft it will be a much nicer experience for me. i even thought about becoming a pilot but im kinda old for that....anyway , thank you so much!!!

    • Todd Smith
      Todd Smith 4 months ago +2

      Marios, you could take a few lessons. It might be fun even if you don't get all the way through to getting your license. Flight school i worked at years ago had an older student that flew every couple weeks or so. He wasn't ever going to take a checkride, he just enjoyed it.

    • Dimitris Damilos
      Dimitris Damilos 4 months ago +1

      Hehe me too

    • George Canakis
      George Canakis 4 months ago

      Gia sou file

    • kaprilicious
      kaprilicious 4 months ago +7

      I’ll be getting in flight school at around 30 and hopefully getting my ATPL license by 35, you’re never old mate 🙏🏻καλή τύχη

    • D LS
      D LS 4 months ago +3

      You’re never too old!

  • Claude Bussieres
    Claude Bussieres Month ago

    Amazing!
    Thank you MP for your hard work in producing these videos depicting all the awesome visuals as they would be in true life!

  • Elise O'Conal
    Elise O'Conal 4 months ago +1

    The way you explain everything is just done so well!! I think I’ve watched all of your videos at this point. I’d love to see something about pilots with disabilities (if that’s even a thing). I’m a 21yr old artist from Australia and I’ve always wanted to get my PPL and later my commercial pilots licence. Due to permanent disability I will never be able to do this; but I’d love to see if there’s any pilots you know personally or have heard of that have disabilities that still allow them to fly a plane? I can only dream and will still continue to learn as much as I can! Thank you for your interesting and informative videos that make it easy to understand!

  • Rob Purser
    Rob Purser 4 months ago

    Thank you. Discovered you just a couple of weeks ago, and I've been binging all your videos! They are fantastic!

  • Cavernbrook
    Cavernbrook 3 months ago

    This has been my favorite video from you thus far. Thank you for the investigation work that was never done by the government of Greece. Your presentation was clear and easy to understand.

  • Citadel of winds
    Citadel of winds 4 months ago +179

    This was a definite nailbiter. It's fascinating to learn about the reasons behind actions taken by pilots in emergencies. Good problem-solving is a crucial skill in pilots. And I wonder if it can really be taught or is just innate.

    • Cuda Tom
      Cuda Tom 4 months ago

      @V 100 I thought it was engine #3 that failed.

    • Steve Staunton
      Steve Staunton 4 months ago +1

      Both taught and innate. There are some people who just haven’t got it and it’s going to be impossible to train them past a certain level. But for those who have it will certainly benefit and improve with quality training.

    • Elizabeth Grogan
      Elizabeth Grogan 4 months ago +1

      @John Athanasiou Air Force Pilots are tested extensively prior to training, certainly in Europe. They are often flying specialist craft which break the sound barrier. They make excellent Commercial Pilots because they have a natural ability to cope under extreme pressure.

    • NicolaW72
      NicolaW72 4 months ago

      @V 100 Yes, at least probably. And probably he was a tough flight engineer with good records in normal circumstances. Fortunately for all the right Captain for such an incident was sitting in the Cockpit, too. Therfore it was much luck.

    • V 100
      V 100 4 months ago

      @John Athanasiou Watching the accounts of WW II crews on B-17s I learned that they separated the wild from the calmer personalities at flight training. The more set back ones became bomber pilots. The hot ones were put in fighter planes. So it is not by chance what personalities are in the cockpit.

  • Jim Ferry
    Jim Ferry 4 months ago

    I find this to an amazing story as the 747 was so close to the ground and no pilot on a sim could not safely land the plane. Mr. Migadis did an outstanding job getting the plane back to the airport without injury or damage to the aircraft. Just amazing by the whole crew.

  • Bert Blankenstein
    Bert Blankenstein 4 months ago

    Awesome job of the crew keeping the plane from crashing. Where there is will, there will be a way. Keep up the great work Petter!

  • Crammy Davis, Jr
    Crammy Davis, Jr 4 months ago

    Incredibly well done. Thank you for putting this together!

  • M. Brysch
    M. Brysch 24 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this incident. I enjoy hearing about crews doing everything and defying physics using skill and experience.

  • Orfeas Makris
    Orfeas Makris 4 months ago +1

    Absolutely amazing video! I just want to add one small comment that the head engineer of olympic air made on one interview about the incident: 'If we add all the data to the swiss cheese model we can see that the line was passing through every hole but amazingly there was no accident'
    One could argue that some things saved the aircraft (possibly the ground effect and later input of water injection system) so there was a stop of the line, but I do see his point!

  • Kevin Franger
    Kevin Franger 4 months ago +3

    Amazing story telling and amazing analysis. As a pilot myself i learned a great deal in this video. Maybe it would be interesting if you did a video about Garuda Indonesa flight GA421 in 2002 where a boeing 737 classic had both engines flaming out and landing in a river (bengawan solo). There was one casuality, but it was nevertheless a great effort by the pilots who prevented the death all the passengers.
    Keep doing what you are doing, your videos are awesome

  • Huw Davies
    Huw Davies 4 months ago

    Another interesting video. I have always been interested in air accident investigations and their outcomes on flight safety. TWA flight 841 would be an interesting incident to have a video on.
    There has recently been an episode of Air Crash Investigation on it but there has been some criticism of the NTSB findings.

  • Will Don.
    Will Don. 4 months ago

    Thank you for another riveting presentation. And it only increases my admiration for those consummate professionals who keep us safe (and not only the flyers!) The technical side - human and engineering, continues to amaze me. Looking forward to getting aloft soon...

  • Bearded gaming
    Bearded gaming 4 months ago +81

    i have watched mayday and air crash investigations. both cover the same crashes. your videos go into more detail, give more information, and deliver it more succinctly than either of these multi million dollar programs. i find myself learning things that were fully omitted from these two programs who proport themselves to be 'documentary style' investigations. your videos are truly top notch!

    • guguigugu
      guguigugu 4 months ago

      @downedaviator also, Mayday is more accessible to people who might not be very familiar with flying. not everyone knows what flaps are, for example.

    • downedaviator
      downedaviator 4 months ago

      Those documentary channels tend to hype the drama for entertainment purposes, whereas Mentour Pilot narrates events in a more sober and factual manner and also from the perspective of an actual airline pilot.

    • mys31f
      mys31f 4 months ago +1

      btw they're the same show just different names in different regions

  • Mustafah Mussti
    Mustafah Mussti 3 months ago +1

    Goosebumps at19:55 I actually started tearing up the moment Peter mentions how captain Migos’ daughters were waiting for him. As a pilot about to graduate, I found this to be a fascinating miracle story

    • Mar Hawkman
      Mar Hawkman 3 months ago

      I have to wonder if this is part of why he made the next flight that day? Maybe his daughters made him feel better about himself?

  • palimpalim
    palimpalim 2 months ago

    Thank you for the thorough analysis. I was not aware of this incident. I think the original livery of Olympic is the best looking any airline ever had.

  • Narmer Jimz
    Narmer Jimz 2 months ago +1

    Hello ! I have to say that this is a great video very well explained… as an aviation employee and enthusiast it’s incredible that I never hear about this one! Best regards to everyone from Costa Rica.

  • Ian Oswald
    Ian Oswald 3 months ago

    You sir are a total aviation person. Thank you for a fascinating report on an incident I was not aware of. I always appreciate your reports.

  • Jackson Lynch
    Jackson Lynch 4 months ago +85

    I am a Quality Control/Quality Assurance Engineering inspector in the oil and gas industry, and part of my job is to provide on-site training to company new hires. I have started using your videos to drive home to my trainees the importance of following proper procedures and standards, and to highlight how critical it is to communicate anything that might be incorrect or in violation of those procedures. These videos reinforce the fact that being "by the book" is a good thing, because the book was written for a reason!!

    • antimnimoniakos
      antimnimoniakos 3 months ago

      There is a saying "books were written with blood".

    • Benji P
      Benji P 3 months ago

      Lol there is no ‘real safety’ in oil and gas..
      I’ve worked on oil rigs in the North Sea the past 9 years…

    • Mangos28
      Mangos28 3 months ago

      One of too few industries who actually takes the time to document and learn from their mistakes!

    • Jacob Mayer
      Jacob Mayer 4 months ago +1

      Except had the pilot followed the book and not retracted the gear, the flight likely would have plowed into downtown Athens. I agree procedures exist for a reason, but no flight manual can predict every scenario. Had his move failed, we'd have been watching this on Air Disasters, because no one cares much about a plane that doesn't crash.

    • OhFishyFish
      OhFishyFish 4 months ago +1

      @EXROBOWIDOW They haven't followed the book and retracted the landing gear, which likely saved them from stalling.

  • Alexa Penn
    Alexa Penn 4 months ago

    absolutely amazing - pilot is so a total hero. and it all happened so fast. when you said 90 seconds, i was really surprised! i’m part Greek, so it makes it more personal. thanks much.

  • Bob Sykes
    Bob Sykes 4 months ago +1

    Whoa, this is one of your most exciting videos of this kind. Two thoughts, really questions, I had, are why such an extreme system (the water-glycol cooling) would ever be used on a civilian aircraft? Of course I can understand a miltary aircraft with that. And, why they didn't dump fuel over the city rather than risk what seemed like an almost certain disasterous crash into city buildings? That seems like the lesser of two bad options. Thanks, as always, for your amazing videos.

    • Jacob Mayer
      Jacob Mayer 4 months ago +1

      The JT-9D was the first engine of its type, and was at the absolute limit of 1960's turbofan design. For reference, one engine on a 777 makes 110,000 pounds of thrust vs. 46,500 for the early JT-9D. Water injection had been used on jet aircraft for years both military and civilian. The B-52, KC-135, 707 and other turbojet and early turbofan powered aircraft used water injection extensively. It was a way to get that extra thrust for high weight or extreme temperature takeoffs without adding more engine than was needed for the rest of the flight.
      As for the fuel dump, you don't pour thousands of gallons of jet fuel over a city filled with ignition sources.

  • Let's Talk Shop
    Let's Talk Shop 3 months ago +1

    I was on the edge of my seat for this one. Great storytelling. Thank you.

  • RexWave
    RexWave 4 months ago +1

    Great video, as usual... On the subject of simulations, my uncle was a WWII test pilot. In related news, my friend's dad was a transport pilot in WWII, flying Dakotas (the Canadian designation of the DC-3) in southeast Asia. His aircraft was failing, the co-pilot parachuted out, then the aircraft went into a flat spin. My friend's dad went to the door to leave. Somehow, by opening the door, the spin was arrested, so he went back to his pilot's seat, corrected some problem and landed safely. After his report went up the chain of command, a test pilot was given the job of replicating the occurrence. He was killed. Then, another test pilot tried it. He was successful. My friend's dad felt some guilt about the death of the test pilot. Thanks for sims in the modern world! My uncle's stories were hair-raising. Some are hilarious in a death-defying way.

  • Desmond Hawkins
    Desmond Hawkins 4 months ago +435

    First thought when Peter said "this was a fully loaded flight": how bad can it be? What could possibly be too heavy for a 747?
    "It was loaded with American tourists"
    Uh-oh.

    • Kate go
      Kate go 2 months ago

      @2H80vids I can promise you that almost anybody who has a foreign native language and doesn't live in an English-speaking country won't understand it. So basically the majority of the world won't be familiar with this idiom.

    • Kate go
      Kate go 2 months ago

      @joakim lindblom Thanks for the insight. I spent a year living in Missouri and I never picked that up.

    • Ann Lidslot
      Ann Lidslot 3 months ago

      ???, Yours, Ann
      P.S I'm not a native English speaker, so if there is a joke, I missed it. D.S

    • antimnimoniakos
      antimnimoniakos 3 months ago

      @Ann Lidslot Actually for people like you it is 68.

    • Ann Lidslot
      Ann Lidslot 3 months ago

      @antimnimoniakos Hi, Maybe 87 and 89 was taken? Yours, Ann

  • Gi zelop
    Gi zelop 4 months ago +1

    Great video and great description of the moment by moment of what could have quickly turned into a potential catastrophic disaster, thank GOD giving the aircraft ,crew, passengers, and those on the ground their lives

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue 4 months ago

    It was about time for this wonderful aviation story to become known and for Cpt. Migadis to get the recognition he deserves ✈

  • Łukasz Szarzec
    Łukasz Szarzec 3 months ago

    Hi Petter, I really like videos and how detailed you're explaining the whole situation, the procedures and technical issues. Hence my question: would you be interested making video about flight LOT 5055 ? All the best!

  • Doug Buker
    Doug Buker 4 months ago

    Thank you Sir, what an awesome presentation. Also, a great job doing all this research.
    Blessings to you and your family. Live from S.W. Denton Co. Tx. Doug/Sylvia, Shaloha

  • K Lio
    K Lio 4 months ago +62

    Even guessing the outcome, I held my breath all the way through. Ever since two extremely bad flight experiences as a teenager (I won’t go into it), I can’t even enter an airport unless I’m heavily medicated, but these calm explanations and storytelling skill are helping me become less afraid. We’ll see how I do, the next time I have to fly! (I even got a Positive Attitude t-shirt 😄)

    • Benji P
      Benji P 3 months ago

      @Tom A totally agree 💯 %

    • AstroSwell
      AstroSwell 4 months ago

      I'd also recommend flying MS Flight Simulator 2020. After you learn how to operate an airliner there you start undestanding how hard it is to crash it actually. Not because the simulation is bad, but because it's so full of automation and autopilot is so good that you really need a deliberate effort to make it fall ;)

    • Ken More
      Ken More 4 months ago +3

      @Tom A That's a weird thing to say. What's in the crevices of your mind?

  • Hercules coding master
    Hercules coding master 4 months ago

    As a greek I must say that this is extremely accurate information right there, the explanation isn't so technical so any person can understand it, I also like that u make an animation in a flight simulator, which makes everything clearer. my dad took me to the place where the 747 are stored. Also, those planes were from the Olympic airways :). Love from Greece mentour hope ur doing well!

  • Trevor Honeyman
    Trevor Honeyman 4 months ago

    I don't usually comment on videos but I just had to say I really appreciate this series. It is not often you come across such professional content on TheXvid. Thank you.

  • Gooner 72
    Gooner 72 3 months ago

    Yet another great video mate, I'm really enjoying this series of crash investigation videos and, as you're a very experienced pilot yourself, you give us a much better insight into these incidents.

  • wintersportster
    wintersportster 4 months ago

    Even knowing that everyone survived, this video STILL had me sitting upright, and staring intently as the flight progressed, only relaxing as the plane reached a situation that would allow it to start dumping fuel.
    As always, a great presentation, job well-done, and with a good ending for all these people and their "Ground Effect Flight"!

  • Maria S.
    Maria S. 4 months ago +84

    My father was captain of Olympic airways from 1968-1986. John Stylianakis Thank you for depicting Athens and Olympic airways, and giving the story such a beautiful visual….nice memories.

    • Anna Tamparow
      Anna Tamparow 4 months ago +2

      @Maria S. Eυχχαριστω πολυ για την απαντηση σας! Ελπιζω να ειναι ολη η οικογενεια καλά και σας ευχομαι ειλικρινα ενα υγιες Νεο Ετος! Ο πατερας σας και οι αεροσυνοδοι της Ολυμπιακης προσσφεφεραν ενα θεαρεστο εργο και αξεχαστες αναμνησεις!

    • Maria S.
      Maria S. 4 months ago +2

      @Anna Tamparow yes he did all routes and Crete especially since he was from there. And all the European cities. He flew the 747 transatlantic too but because it was too difficult with us kids being alone with a German mom in Athens, he decided to stay at the small routes.

    • Sυρεr Frσg
      Sυρεr Frσg 4 months ago +7

      Ο θείος μου επίσης. Ήταν η εποχή της ακμής της Ολυμπιακής ! ✈⭕⭕⭕⭕

  • Tom Brazier
    Tom Brazier 4 months ago

    Thank you. Well told. I was interested in the detail at 19:20 about the valley through the mountains. I have not seen this mentioned elsewhere. It does answer a question I had about how there was space to turn towards the coast between the city and the mountain.

    • Steve
      Steve 2 months ago

      Likely not mentioned elsewhere as it's not accurate. There is simply an expansive coastal plain behind the hill giving an exit to the left over the sea.

  • Sebastian Kuniewski
    Sebastian Kuniewski 3 months ago

    Love the way you tell the stories and the visualization that come with them. I also like the "Air crash investigation" on National Geographic channel and I'm fascinated with how it is possible to reproduce what happened and find the cousal effects. But when I watch you explaining it, its like I can not wait and see what had happened. Better then a horror move. Well done. Definetly will try this arpor on MFS

  • Jacob La Flèche
    Jacob La Flèche 4 months ago

    Great video. Very understandable, excellently simple explanations and good visual simulations. Original photos or videos of the actual incident or members of the crew if available would make it even better. Keep up the great work!

  • Meredith Anderson
    Meredith Anderson Month ago +1

    Wow, so glad no one was hurt! And bravo to the flight attendants for keeping their composure so everybody didn't panic.

    • James Kasabalis
      James Kasabalis 4 days ago

      I was on the flight. The flight attendants could not hide the fear in their eyes. We knew we were in trouble.

  • Azyan Ziyad
    Azyan Ziyad 4 months ago +62

    While Everyone else is worried about the whole thing Captian Migadis and his crew are doing a sight seeing across the town of athens that most of the passangers had a really amazing time.....what an incredible story i have ever heard.....take a bow Capt Migadis and the crew for showing this wonderful example of Crew managment despite the situation they faced that day 👌

    • 2LOTUSMAN
      2LOTUSMAN 4 months ago

      especially when they turned the water injection off.

  • Anon 2
    Anon 2 8 days ago

    Amazing story! Thank you for your incredible research and storytelling!

  • Ilya Holt
    Ilya Holt 4 months ago +1

    These are the stories I love most. Aviation is full of stories of crashed where a bunch of things go wrong resulting in disaster, when just one of those things NOT going wrong would have avoided catastrophe. So it's refreshing every now and then to hear a story where so many things go wrong, but the pilots still manage to gather enough skill and resources to snatch the situation from the jaws of disaster.

  • Mike Baginy
    Mike Baginy 4 months ago

    A truly amazing event. Thank God for an experienced pilot who kept situational awareness and his cool.

  • Roxanne Phillips-Moore
    Roxanne Phillips-Moore 3 months ago

    The skill of these pilots blows my mind. How well he understood his aircraft and the split second precision of those slight adjustments that made the difference between life and death is just amazing!! xxx

  • Joseph Seabourne
    Joseph Seabourne 4 months ago +62

    At first I was a bit like “meh just an engine failure nothing special, wonder why he's covering this", but WOW that was way more interesting than I was expecting 😂 Excellent work Petter!

    • Mentour Pilot
      Mentour Pilot  4 months ago +22

      There is always a reason 😂
      Thank you for watching!

  • Eric Kamov
    Eric Kamov 3 months ago

    As per usual (all missing data/reports considered), a very 'visual' recap of this heart racing encounter! . . . Thanks Peter! 👍

  • Ian McGee
    Ian McGee 29 days ago

    What a great story, and so very well told my Petter. Out of curiosity, does anyone know how long it took for the plane to get over the city? I'm thinking the critical part of the flight might have been about 10 minutes or so, but I'm curious if that's right.

  • Gordon Rotherham
    Gordon Rotherham 2 months ago

    Incredible story, everyday heroes in the skies for 50 years. Thanks Petter :)

  • Amanda Caroll
    Amanda Caroll 13 days ago +1

    This crew never stopped flying the aircraft! Great story!

  • The Iron Armenian aka G.I. Haigs

    Flying at 300ft in a 747, that’s nothing. Oh wow.
    The pilot’s must have been praying for that speed gain when retracting the flaps.

    • Andy harpist
      Andy harpist 4 months ago

      I suppose the acceleration wont happen until there has been some loss of height.

    • Todd Smith
      Todd Smith 4 months ago +2

      @Andy harpist flaps also create lift, so if you don't have the necessary airspeed when retracting them the airplane will lose altitude.

    • Andy harpist
      Andy harpist 4 months ago

      Even at 150 feet isnt it worth retracting the flaps and letting it accelerate?

    • In Darkness
      In Darkness 4 months ago +5

      When things go wrong don't go with them

  • Anthony Bragg
    Anthony Bragg 4 months ago

    A great story of a truly great pilot told by a wonderful storyteller!

  • FabSteff66
    FabSteff66 13 days ago

    I just simply love your attention to detail. Great content!