Airbus A320 Takes Off by Itself Against its Flight Crew | Pilot VS Plane | Northwest Airlines 985

  • Published on Mar 25, 2019
  • Takeoff is initiated on Detroit-Metropolitan' runway 3C. Well before rotation speed, the Airbus A320 begins to lift off by itself. Find out what happens next.
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  • Kuusik 100
    Kuusik 100 Day ago

    5:02 takeoff
    5:22 1000m
    5:31 500m
    5:37 100m
    5:55 oof. Flight 985.

  • Ian H
    Ian H 2 days ago

    Thumbs down due to music score and slow trickle of information to stretch the video.

  • Nicholas Martinez
    Nicholas Martinez 3 days ago

    I’m not a pilot but the plane was already airborne and flying and passed V1 so why not just continue flying rather landing the plane knowing full well there’s not enough runway left??

  • Ger Desoto
    Ger Desoto 4 days ago

    After watching the piece of the air-bus where it ended up in muddy ground and get up in the sky, and this was a very experienced pilot. Then super question why did that pilot use plan stupidity in this one time story? It doesn't make any sense.

  • Jess Tell Me
    Jess Tell Me 4 days ago +4

    When I read @ 6:17 EVERYONE SURVIVED 👏🏼🙏🏼
    I really stopped the treadmill to type, I like a good ending regarding airplanes ✈️

  • Mark Edwards
    Mark Edwards 4 days ago +1

    I can deal with a mistake when you take caution and don’t kill anyone.

  • Inyalabudbud Punjabbidaliwad

    Once airborne, putting the aircraft back onto the runway is asking for destruction. If it was airborne then it had enough lift to stay airborne and accelerate, provided the skill of the flying pilot was good enough. They were absolutely lucky that the aircraft didn’t come apart, and burn, in the adjacent field. I think the flying pilot should have his airman certificate revoked. Especially in light of the number of training events in the Airbus he would have had to pass, just to get to this day. And where in that training, does it tell him to return to the runway after becoming airborne?

  • Sheila Walker
    Sheila Walker 6 days ago

    That entire video could have been condensed into a few short paragraphs or a 2-3 minute video. Drama and fluffy music for the couch potatoes.

  • Patrick Wenzel
    Patrick Wenzel 6 days ago +1

    Does anyone know how much time passed between the uninitiated rotate and thrust lever retardation?
    With the NTSB being critical of the crew's actions I'd like to know if they considered time for startle factor, time for assessment of the situation, time for considering options and outcomes and then time to react?

  • greenfingers gardener

    disappointing, i was looking forward to a crash, lol

  • doomdylan
    doomdylan 6 days ago +1

    At 4:44 "The captain attempts to lower the nose", "however, the airplane was unresponsive", why is that?

    • Janet Miller
      Janet Miller 3 days ago

      Combination of weight to the rear of the plane, and trim tab angling plane up.

  • Nick Baldeagle
    Nick Baldeagle 6 days ago +1

    What about the pilots? I gots to know.

  • snowinblood
    snowinblood 6 days ago

    lol, that was a good one. Wouldn't the captain and co-pilot do a pre flight checklist and walk the plane, if possible and check the cargo area to make sure everything is held in place? You would think that the captain is more in a critical thinking state of mind rather then a jaded one when preparing to takeoff. If he did check the cargo he would have noticed where it was actually placed. Then with all his experience he should have questioned the planes center of gravity and the negative trim. This is all hindsight of course, but this is what they get paid to do. I'm just glad everyone was ok, I was holding my breath too, lol.

    GIMMESHELTER50 6 days ago

    TheFlightChannel needs to do a recreation of Flight 1771 Southwest Airlines jetliner crashed near Paso Robles Dec. 7, 1987. The killer, an ex-employee invaded the cockpit and killed the pilot and co-pilot before the loser committed suicide.

  • Merlyn Arellano
    Merlyn Arellano 6 days ago +1

    I love happy endings. So the crew screwed up. And then they did the right thing. All's well that ends well !

  • Louis Reynardo
    Louis Reynardo 7 days ago

    hey can you tell me what is the song you were using?

  • Hal VanSlyck
    Hal VanSlyck 7 days ago +2

    All other crew performance issues notwithstanding, I think the pilot was correct to abort the takeoff.

  • Gregory Lambrihgt
    Gregory Lambrihgt 7 days ago

    If hes a pilot and had all this training when the nose lifted he should have taken off and then corrected his trim and continued his flight he was off the ground.

  • Willette J
    Willette J 8 days ago

    Northwest is the worst!

  • Catherine San Miguel

    Good thing everyone survive

  • Vlasko60
    Vlasko60 9 days ago

    Human operating system.

  • Pil Roberts
    Pil Roberts 9 days ago +4

    Is it me or is that Dulles Airport displayed and not DTW??

  • Benjamin  Richey
    Benjamin Richey 9 days ago +1

    Who composes the music on this channel? It sounds like some of the stuff Trent reznor has done for film scores and such.

  • Neromax
    Neromax 10 days ago


  • coolgamer 567
    coolgamer 567 10 days ago

    5:50 oof the runaway

  • APhilCollinsFan
    APhilCollinsFan 10 days ago

    And where is the Capt and co-pilot now ?

  • Sheri Toes
    Sheri Toes 10 days ago

    Dont believe this hog wash😡

  • Sheri Toes
    Sheri Toes 10 days ago


  • Sui Hendro Tjongdro
    Sui Hendro Tjongdro 11 days ago

    Hi admin...can you share the game name for I play on my computer...please

    • Brit Traveller
      Brit Traveller 7 days ago

      +Sui Hendro Tjongdro Yes, Look at the description under the video its all written there.

    • Sui Hendro Tjongdro
      Sui Hendro Tjongdro 7 days ago

      +Brit Traveller this is the game name ?

    • Brit Traveller
      Brit Traveller 8 days ago +1

      Prepar3D v4.4 - 64bit

  • Diane Linares
    Diane Linares 11 days ago +3

    Glad they aborted this flight. Ok they got scolded but they did their job on time for everyone to made it out alive! For me they did a great job!

  • Bradley Gullett
    Bradley Gullett 11 days ago +1

    When in doubt better to run off a level run way than to drop out of the air 200 ft high

  • vash crimson
    vash crimson 12 days ago +1

    TL;DW, It hopped once on the runway.

  • Carmen Alina Iancu
    Carmen Alina Iancu 12 days ago

    Love your videos as always, the flight channel ♡

  • Whovian Hireath
    Whovian Hireath 12 days ago +2

    If anyone criticises the pilots for grounding the plane after V1 I’ll fight them, there’s something called a stall which is not a very good thing for a plane to do.

  • Alan Camp
    Alan Camp 12 days ago

    You would think an airplane would have a sensor on the front wheel to determine how it's loaded simple little item thanks for wasting my time with this video

  • Andre Baskin
    Andre Baskin 12 days ago +2

    Why does Detroit-Metropolitan look exactly like Dulles, right down to the mobile lounges to carry you between terminals?

  • bartenml
    bartenml 13 days ago

    Did the pilots face any repercussions. It always amazes me how crucial the smallest details are into getting the plane into the air and down again. To see an aircraft lift off effortlessly is a joy but the work that goes into making this happen is incredible.

  • Noble Hill
    Noble Hill 13 days ago

    If it feels wrong,looks wrong, something is wrong,go with yo guts!!

  • JamesTender560
    JamesTender560 13 days ago

    I love how you can see the people prepping the plane

  • Scott Padgett
    Scott Padgett 13 days ago +1

    Absolutely Beautiful

  • lds251
    lds251 13 days ago

    Did the pilot and FO get fired?

  • bino robin
    bino robin 13 days ago

    I blame MCAS, eventhough its nose up and has nothing to do with Airbus :-) Everybody blames mcas these days:)

  • John Hook
    John Hook 13 days ago

    Why the creepy music in this ?

  • Bobby Paluga
    Bobby Paluga 14 days ago

    The Airbus 320 family known as aircraft that a pilot can’t crash, an aircraft that is so advanced the pilot is hardly necessary has has many other “weird” crashes. Add in the 330 with its plunge into the South Atlantic as well as the 45 minutes of RollerCoaster Hell a Qantas 330 suffered through.
    AirBus’ Weird Crashes
    Jun 1, 2009 AF447
    Oct 7, 2008 QF72
    May 19, 2006 MS804
    Dec 28 2014 QZ8501
    July 17 2006 TAM3054
    May 3 2006 Armavia967
    Aug 23 2000 GF072
    Jan 20 1992 IFT148
    Nov 27 2008 XL Air check out flt
    Jan 26 1988 AF Air show demo, AirBus self-flying ability
    Northwest Airlines 985 Takeoff without pilot involvement

  • strew TM
    strew TM 14 days ago

    Uhhh good that everyone survived

  • John Flinn
    John Flinn 14 days ago

    Just can't wait till they mandate autopilot cars. Jurassic Parkway in the making. The QRS-11 chip is such a lovely beast.

  • John Doyle
    John Doyle 14 days ago

    The big take away from this is, "Everyone survived". Yes mistakes appear to have been made, but the Pilots were quick to correct, and land with no casualties .
    Thanks again for your very high quality production.

  • lepthesr
    lepthesr 15 days ago

    Can you do Air Florida Flight 90?

  • Davidzehkop
    Davidzehkop 15 days ago

    What scenery is that for KDTW? I can't find any scenery of that quality in the video anywhere.

  • magic wand
    magic wand 15 days ago

    06:15 jump to that page first then go back and watch from the start ....
    Its ikay you are welcome.

  • Scott Gibson
    Scott Gibson 15 days ago

    Interesting video but I think your year of hire at Northwest for the 48 year old pilot is wrong, he'd have only been 15 years old that year. Could it be those dates are correct and the pilot was 58? That would make more sense.

  • Ron D'Eau Claire
    Ron D'Eau Claire 15 days ago

    That's a very serious cockpit error! Even the pilot of a Piper Cub is taught to check trim tab settings as part of the pre-takeoff checks.

  • dhanny jauhar
    dhanny jauhar 15 days ago

    Maybe the elevator of the aircraft got on ice so the thats why

  • Splatterson Gamer
    Splatterson Gamer 16 days ago

    SCP 079 confirmed

  • Bra 0711
    Bra 0711 16 days ago

    After the mistakes the crew made, I guess it was a great decision to abort the TO After V1 in the air. Incorrect trim Settings can lead to horrible things... they had balls to bring it back down

  • Hugh Jardon
    Hugh Jardon 16 days ago

    Good decision by the pilot

  • oliver wafula
    oliver wafula 16 days ago

    How can I get this flight simulator, it's very nice

  • Sunil Nair
    Sunil Nair 16 days ago

    Fuck off kid!! The dogs in my house use to have more intimidation than you. ROFL

  • Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin 16 days ago

    The problem is he took off of Runway 1C at IAD and not 3C at DTW.

  • Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin 16 days ago

    Thats not Detroit airport in the visual. Thats Dulles... how do you get that wrong

  • Uncle Trev
    Uncle Trev 17 days ago

    Mistakes like this is why...I drive rather than fly anymore. As many mistakes as I’ve seen documented on this channel and others, I feel fortunate that the 100+ flights I’ve taken in my lifetime turned out alright (except for the bird ingested into the starboard engine on takeoff at MCO in 2005).

  • Kael Yothers
    Kael Yothers 17 days ago

    Anyone else fast forward till the event happened

    GET RAD 17 days ago +3

    😂🤣😂 running outta air disasters to document, eh? what's next, a simulation of lost luggage?

  • losttownstreet
    losttownstreet 17 days ago

    A major flight control issue is a reason for aborting a takeoff well above V1.
    They didn't know it was only a trim setting, it may a false loading well beyond the limits. V1 is the limit for aborting takeoff without reverse thrust. If both engines are working this is the best chance.

  • Douglas Williamson
    Douglas Williamson 18 days ago

    So...what happened to the flight crew?

  • Roberto Vázquez
    Roberto Vázquez 18 days ago

    Your job is absolutely impressive!

  • Yolo Swaggins
    Yolo Swaggins 18 days ago

    What does V1! mean?
    (Hint: it's not "abort takeoff")😂

    • Morgan
      Morgan 16 days ago

      well he probably did, but he decided to abort the takeoff anyways and because they were past v1 he went off the edge of the run way

    • Yolo Swaggins
      Yolo Swaggins 17 days ago

      +Morgan This captain apparently never learned that.

    • Morgan
      Morgan 17 days ago

      the speed at which the take off must be continued and any problem that occurs after v1, you still have to takeoff

  • Anton Chigurh
    Anton Chigurh 18 days ago

    RIP dirt, weeds, snow, brake pads, paint, we will all never forget the dedicated work put in by you all.

  • Sherrie Morrison
    Sherrie Morrison 18 days ago

    I really appreciate all the effort u put into these vids! can u tell me if the captain is still flying?

  • Lekks Luthor
    Lekks Luthor 18 days ago

    Ok, were you trying to throw us off? With that music, I was thinking there was going to be deaths. However, I was very relieved when it said "everyone survived".

  • Ettore Apolloni
    Ettore Apolloni 18 days ago +2

    Wrong title: the pilots actually did take the plane airborne. This airbus aircraft put the nose up because of wrong settings.

  • creepycharly
    creepycharly 18 days ago

    Love how the music starts when the lights started getting clipped!

  • porusky
    porusky 18 days ago

    Grammar - OVERRAN !!!

  • Nischay Singh
    Nischay Singh 18 days ago

    It service truck says "Swissport" at 2:28 on the left of the right image.

  • Infinite Pickles
    Infinite Pickles 18 days ago

    Plot twist : the plane was a transformer

  • kendo4242
    kendo4242 19 days ago

    So if you are a passenger on this plane today, as it is still in service, and you are aware of its history, you could say to your neighbor seated next to you, " hey, did you know that were are on that same plane that over shot the runway bock in 2001 by 700 feet? Isn't that a fun fact!?"

  • Sonny Burnett
    Sonny Burnett 19 days ago

    As I recall, Northwest Airlines was the first AirBus A-320 customer here in the states. At least for a major airline. Anyway, supposedly a crew could get their A-320 to land as every time they approached the runway the aircraft would go into a go around mode and apply full T/O power. The story goes that they finally shutdown the engines on short final and landed. This would have been in the mid to late eighties some time and I’m not certain of the city. It should be in the NTSB files online or elsewhere.

  • MrWildbill47
    MrWildbill47 19 days ago

    From my understanding that was a great landing, they say any landing you can walk away from is a good landing and when the plane is reusable it is a great landing. I wonder if the captain or co-pilot were fired.

  • jonoon27
    jonoon27 19 days ago +3

    When the airplanes settled back on the runway it struck the tail first. I guess you did not read that part of the NTSB report.

  • joey g
    joey g 19 days ago +4

    The captain and the first officer are currrently employed as bus boys at the holiday inn

  • Bob Bowie
    Bob Bowie 19 days ago

    Another case of *operator not knowing* how to pilot aircraft.

  • Dave Woff
    Dave Woff 19 days ago

    Why couldn't he push it down with the flight controls though?

  • Lennox
    Lennox 19 days ago

    Fucking BOEING Company is NOT doing it's job to produce good safe airplanes , they
    should be Sued ...

  • Diamond Dave
    Diamond Dave 19 days ago +18

    LOL even the plane couldn't wait to get the hell of of Detriot.

    • Johnny O'brian
      Johnny O'brian 17 days ago +5

      Being from Detroit I'm laughing so hard at that comment lmfao

  • Jimmy Dill
    Jimmy Dill 19 days ago

    As they were already airborne why not just pour it on and keep going?

    • Pancakeking 78
      Pancakeking 78 17 days ago

      Hard to fly a plane if it wont let you fly it.

  • Neil E.Anlin
    Neil E.Anlin 19 days ago

    What's your favorite reenactment that you've simulated?? I think this absolutely the coolest thing ever!!😆😄😁😁

  • Neil E.Anlin
    Neil E.Anlin 19 days ago

    I'm loving this channel!! It's cool how you show the old plane and then a pic of the plane after being fixed. You're awesome!

  • mishael ochoa
    mishael ochoa 19 days ago

    Everyone survived with diabetes

  • Leo Johannes Albert Tilk

    what is game name?

  • prakash singh
    prakash singh 19 days ago

    Whateva pilot saved all of them

  • Kristjan Reivart
    Kristjan Reivart 19 days ago

    They basically did a VMU test.

  • Si GUNDUL {LarY}
    Si GUNDUL {LarY} 19 days ago

    48 years old and made his first solo on his 16th birthday...thi is too good to be true😂🤣

  • Phoenix love
    Phoenix love 19 days ago

    What's with the onset of the stupid irrelevant music

  • Mickie Byfield
    Mickie Byfield 19 days ago

    Total rubbish!

  • Carl Williams
    Carl Williams 19 days ago

    Once again... Slow the subtitles down. Some of us are not pilots, and need a second to digest what we're reading!

  • deniel edwards
    deniel edwards 19 days ago +1


  • M Bruggemeyer
    M Bruggemeyer 19 days ago

    Automation... is not the future

  • Anas
    Anas 20 days ago

    I always mess up my takeoff this way in X-Plane idk why but my trim automatically goes down.

    • in Search of NANI
      in Search of NANI 20 days ago

      Get speed, takeoff with flaps on, then at 240kmh or so reduce flaps, let it go to 340kmh, then disable flaps.

  • brenda taylor
    brenda taylor 20 days ago +1


  • TeaSnail
    TeaSnail 20 days ago +14

    Sounded like a threat


    The robot revolution I tell ya

    • Janet Miller
      Janet Miller 3 days ago

      Pilots chase plane down runway, yelling and waving, and panting.