81 Responses

  1. VASAviation -

    January 21, 2019 3:02 pm

    Further audio from their diversion to Philadelphia and emergency declaration was trimmed to save time. The aircraft squawked 7700 and received priority into KPHL Airport. VASAviation considers more important to show the professional way these pilots worked on making such difficult decisions to divert to different airports but not being capable to land at any of them. Good job!
    –Untrimmed video: https://youtu.be/zcaBs0DoFEI
    — Similar video: https://youtu.be/aIj9mAbYYJA

  2. Maximilian Peters

    January 21, 2019 3:07 pm

    The ATC did not recognize the Spirit gave a wrong readback, saying ,,speed 210" instead of "turning left heading 210"

  3. Javier Caselli

    January 21, 2019 3:55 pm

    I know it's always super busy over there, but given it was a fuel emergency, why Philly and not NYC?

  4. Ice Films

    January 21, 2019 3:57 pm

    Yesterday i recieved a notification from flight radar: a plane squaked 7700 , i saw this plane making circles around some airports, and i thought… will VAS make a video on it? He did.

  5. Arnold Sherrill

    January 21, 2019 4:10 pm

    Remember when NASA did The Grand Tour of the planets Welcome to The Grand Tour of the East Coast brought to you by United Airlines

  6. John Siggs

    January 21, 2019 4:23 pm

    Imagine being the passengers expecting to land in Boston ends up in Philly yeesh. Good job by the pilots and ATC tho

  7. tie oneon

    January 21, 2019 4:27 pm

    Could he have landed with the taliwinds? If yes what is the % of more danger vs the normal land into the headwind? ( I know there must be many factors to be considered )

    Did he ask for the Higher Altitude from Providence to burn less fuel?

    So how much "Extra" time do you think they were in the air? just thinking of that more as a passenger wondering whattttttt the heck is going on…obviously the weather but when I fly I think ..oh what about their fuel consumption etc

  8. tie oneon

    January 21, 2019 4:31 pm

    When fueling up before the flight ,,what is it ,,,must have 1 extra hour of fuel on board??

    But with BAD WEATHER obviously in the area is there a rule that says fill it up MORE than 1 extra hours worth???


  9. Tim Selman

    January 21, 2019 4:43 pm

    Dulles was a strange choice considering you have JFK, Teterboro, Newark, and Philadelphia all on the way that can definitely handle it.

  10. buggy clown

    January 21, 2019 4:55 pm

    That's why being pilot is a stressful and respected job. Some people underestimate pilots and they assert that airplanes are fully automatic but they disregard emergency situations as such in this incident. Sometimes, all the alternatives you planned become out of limit.

  11. Kevin G

    January 21, 2019 5:49 pm

    Was the ATC change because it was the end of his shift or did he get in any trouble for the wrong callsign thing? 😀

  12. AlohaMilton

    January 21, 2019 6:55 pm

    Sheeesh, love planes but sometimes a train works better. Wanted to go to Boston but ended up in Philly, ouch!!! I bet they took a train back. DC to Boston on a train should have fairly high speed in sections, so hopefully they got to Boston the same day. (edit:not sure why I typed DC, brain fart was thinking of a time I rode from DC to Boston. Ment Philly).

  13. Kevin T

    January 21, 2019 7:17 pm

    This occurred yesterday, Jan 20, 2019, not in 2018 as written in the video. You can follow the flight path on FlightAware.com.

  14. John Ferguson

    January 21, 2019 8:05 pm

    The pilots decided to divert to Dulles BEFORE checking to see if they had enough fuel. That is a serious mistake that caused considerable confusion and a lot of additional work for ATC.

  15. binkymagnus

    January 21, 2019 9:03 pm

    why did he ask for Dulles right away? JFK, Newark, Philly, and BWI were in between. Was it because IAD is a United hub?

  16. I, Promize

    January 21, 2019 10:32 pm

    What date did this occur? Can you put the date in the video description? If I missed it I apologize. Great videos though. Love your channel. I live in this area so I’m curious what the date was. Thanks!

  17. jones jones

    January 22, 2019 1:16 am

    Man these guys did a great job. Having been in similar circumstances I can say it is definitely not easy to continually change destinations while watching the fuel burn away. Great job not pushing a bad approach. When fuel becomes a factor, that's not easy to do. Guys earned a year's pay there.

  18. TheYoyozo

    January 22, 2019 2:19 am

    I think the initial poor use of identifiers by Boston ATC demonstrates that one does not want to fly there during a Patriots playoff appearance.

  19. TheProPilot

    January 22, 2019 2:49 am

    I guess the weather in Islip and all of those Long island airports was no good as well? Why all the way to Philly?

    I'm so glad I was O-F-F for this one 😂

  20. TheEricAndRandi

    January 22, 2019 6:29 am

    I was on this flight. The crew handled the situation beautifully. We were originally in a hold waiting for BOS to finish snow removal. Then you see what happens next. The captain never mentioned Dulles to us in back. Only PVD and eventually PHL. He also never said “emergency”, but only that they were going to “expedite us into Philly”. I got the FlightRadar emergency alert about our flight as we were on descent into Philly!

    We assumed any of the NY airports (especially Newark being a United hub) would be an option. But weather was iffy and with the limited fuel situation, Philly was as close to a guaranteed weather wise in the region.

    Long time subscriber to VASAviation, great video as always!

  21. Harry Buttwhisker

    January 22, 2019 11:58 am

    Landing at El Paso international must have been fun yesterday. We had a high wind advisory. Blowing dust, tumble weeds, etc.

  22. Sam Lutfi

    January 22, 2019 5:27 pm

    I was on this flight the pilot kept telling everyone to brace for a possible water landing due to low fuel the copilot kept making jokes that Capt Mulligan would be called Mully like Sully etc. It Was weird because he kept saying providence was close enough but then he remarked how much money he could make with a movie about his life. We are all weirded out, I was definitely skeptical if he was drunk because I'm drunk right now and just made all this up

  23. cometogether420

    January 22, 2019 6:48 pm

    There are dozens of airplanes landing at those airports by that time, why are they soo afraid? Isn't it more dangerous then just landing like everybody else?

  24. Brickteller

    January 22, 2019 10:39 pm

    I received the alert of this sqwuak from Flightradar24 just after watching the United that skid off the runway past video from VASAviation…
    I knew he would start doing the vid right away😏😏😏

  25. Harm Gregory

    January 22, 2019 11:56 pm

    I WAS kind of disappointed that you cut off the video just when things were getting interesting. Good radio form by the pilots, MY voice would have been getting a bit higher, LoL.

  26. Jaeden Branom

    January 23, 2019 12:53 am

    I saw this is on Flightradar24 and was so confused at the diversions. I knew that there was a major Blizzard due to the storms that had just hit my state (California) and was surprised that they weren’t diverted to LGA or EWR due to some flights being let to leave. I knew something was wrong with it when it appeared Red on radar and the circling of two major airports

  27. Patrick Ziemann-Gimmel

    January 24, 2019 8:09 pm

    What is unclear to me is, they mentioned low fuel to Boston and then they wanted to divert to Dulles???

  28. Thomas Dahl

    January 25, 2019 9:27 pm

    Bad planning from the pilots and the company. They should have planned for an alternate that would have better weather conditions. They should also have held the airplane in Chicago until they were absolutely sure the weather would be good when reaching the coast. I, as a passenger, would have preferred waiting in Chicago airport instead of being tossed around between airports. To tell the truth, I would have canceled my trip and I would have traveled another day.

  29. Steve Cummings

    January 26, 2019 2:42 am

    The standard of RT on this video is appalling. Controllers getting callsigns wrong, random questions like “what’s wrong with Boston” being asked on frequency. Overall not exactly confidence building as regards aviation standards in the US.

  30. M G

    February 17, 2019 7:50 am

    What's the braking action on the water when you run out of fuel, dickhead? Land the plane and quit being a prima donna.

  31. MasterCarguy44

    March 6, 2019 8:11 pm

    ATC controllers need lots more trsinibg and should NOT bexallowed to work in this field until age 27. Max 48.

  32. Brisdad53

    March 29, 2019 6:24 pm

    You can teach a monkey how to fly an airplane, but situations like this are what separates the REAL pilots from the fair-weather pudknockers like me. Nice job, crew.

  33. Kate go

    March 29, 2019 9:54 pm

    I can just imagine…
    "Ladies and gentlemen, due to bad weather we'll be diverting to Providence."
    – a few moments later –
    "Ladies and gentlemen, now we will be diverting to Washington."
    – a few moments later –
    "Ladies and gentlemen, we will be diverting to Philladelphia. May I remind you that it is not April 1st. We actually WILL be diverting to Philladeplhia. Hopefully…"

  34. CJP6024 !!

    April 4, 2019 7:03 pm

    This is what happens when you limit the fuel loaded to an aircraft to save money. Airlines should consider putting more fuel in the planes when whether conditions are less then favorable versus having to deal with a boondoggle as this.

  35. cheesecake1monster

    July 22, 2019 12:06 pm

    Where does the pilot declare mayday like said on the thumbnail? I think I might have missed it

  36. Ronald de Rooij

    July 25, 2019 10:14 am

    Why try to fly to Boston in the first place. Don't they do meteo before departure anymore?

  37. Gavin Jenkins

    August 14, 2019 5:18 am

    432! 432: Who me? No I'm talking to 432. You mean us we are 342. Oh right of course, thanks for reminding us 432


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