Texting Pilot Forgets To Put Down Landing Gear, Has To Abort Landing 392-Feet From Earth

April 19, 2012


Picture related: what almost happened.

A Jetstar pilot was forced to abort a landing in Singapore after he forgot to put down the landing gear on time because he was using his cell phone. I...am never flying again. Well, not on a plane anyways. Only with my jetpack.

The captain's device started buzzing with message alerts when the plane hit an altitude of around 2,000-2,500 feet. The co-pilot looked over and noticed the captain was "preoccupied." His superior claimed he was trying to unlock the phone to turn it off. Which would have been fine, had he, with his 13,000 hours of flying experience, remembered standard operating procedures like activating the landing gear.

At 1,000 feet, the first officer checked the instruments and felt like something was off, though he couldn't tell what it was, despite his 4,000 hours of flying experience. At 720 feet, a warning sounded in the cockpit to tell the pilots the wheels weren't lowered. By 650 feet, the captain tried to activate the gear, but by that time, an alarm sounded to indicate that the plane had dipped below 500 feet, too close to the tarmac for the undercarriage to get safely into place.

You know what the most f***ed up thing about this whole situation is? Everybody else on the plane had to turn their cell phones off before they even took off. Meanwhile Mr. Pilot is up there sexting from the cockpit and not even manning the plane! WTF?! If anybody should be sexting mid-flight it should be ME. Listen baby: I think this pilot might crash the plane -- here's my pecker just in case.

Thanks again to Michael (two tips in one day!), Sak (also two tips in one day!), bb and Gorezilla, who are convinced dude was trying to download a plane-landing app.

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