This Plane Was Flying at a Dangerously Slow Speed


NARRATOR: It’s Easter Monday,
1994, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Set torque. My controls. NARRATOR: KLM city
hopper Flight 4-3-3 is on its way from
Amsterdam to Cardiff, Wales. Look out ahead of us. Can you see that? Oh, yeah. NARRATOR: Captain Lievaart
spots thunder clouds ahead. He wants to get above them. Ask Control for
flight level 200. Amsterdam KLM 4-3-3. TOWER: Go ahead 4-3-3. Is flight level 200 available? Climb to 200. You are re-cleared
flight level 200. NARRATOR: Amsterdam
air traffic control OKs the climb to 20,000 feet. OK. We’re not climbing anymore. NARRATOR: Approaching
17,000 feet, Captain Lievaart
notices a problem with his plane’s performance. No. NARRATOR: It’s not climbing
as quickly as it should be. We need to return
to Amsterdam. Make a PAN call. Request to maintain
flight level 1-6-0. Tell them we have
a technical issue. Amsterdam KLM 4-3-3
PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN. We have an engine problem, and
we’d like to maintain 1-6-0. We’ll return to Schiphol. That’s copy, sir. You may turn right,
heading to Schiphol. NARRATOR: The PAN call sends
the controller into action. We have a PAN from KLM 4-3-3. Now returning to Schiphol. [SIRENS] NARRATOR: At the airport,
emergency vehicles race to positions near the runway. KLM 4-3-3 is just 500
feet above the ground. Watch your speed. NARRATOR: The plane has slowed
to a dangerously low speed. I’m on it. [SQUEALS] NARRATOR: A sudden
bank to the right takes the passengers
by surprise. The captain struggles
to keep the plane level. [WARNING BUZZERS] Going around. Set torque. Flaps 7, gear up. NARRATOR: Then he tries to
abort the landing attempt. [SCREAMS] Flight 433 is now
beyond recovery. [WARNING BUZZERS] Steer. Steer. Steer.
Damn it. Damn it. Damn it. Crash.
Crash. Crash. Runway 0-6. Emergency. Runway 0-6. NARRATOR: KLM city
hopper 4-3-3 has crashed in full
view of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport control tower.

100 thoughts on “This Plane Was Flying at a Dangerously Slow Speed

  1. YAY SMITHSONIAN UPLOADED AND I WAS HERE IN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES IM NORMALLY YEARS LATE I LOVE U SO MUCH U ARE MY FAVORITE YOUTUBER LOVE U AND I LOVE AIRPLANES WELL NOT REALLY BUT I STILL LOVE U

  2. There was a faulty warning light that was warning the crew about low-oil pressure in the Engine2, therefore,the pilot turned off Engine 2 to save it.
    They have misinterpreted the problem as a fault in the right engine, but it was actually the warning system that was glitched. On the final approach, at a height of 90 feet, the speed was not sufficient for landing. Therefore, he decided to abort the landing and go around. So he gave full throttle to Engine 1. However, since the other engine was idle, the airplane rolled to the right, pitched up, stalled, and hit the ground at 80 degrees bank angle. Of the 24 people on board, 3 were killed – the captain and 2 passengers. Out of the 21 survivors

  3. I'm sure this isn't a new comment, but I still hear the cheerful jingle with the red background and the "It's Brighter Here" slogan that accompanied the older crash videos.

  4. I saw the full video.. the main engine had aids and unfortunately it started spreading into the second one.. they both lost alot power. To the point of no return… sad story…😔

  5. please hold Indonesian subtitles, because I don't understand English well. BTW please keep uploading about the plane tragedy, min, because I really like it, warm greetings from Indonesia

  6. Finally one instance where the crash occurred due to pilot error. This explains why pilots need to be respected and not be compared to bus drivers

  7. Quote from Wikipedia “11 minutes after takeoff, at 12:30 pm, the pilots had mistaken that the number 2 engine (the right engine) was suffering from low oil pressure because of a faulty warning light resulting from short circuiting. The captain had put that engine in idle in order to save it. However, the oil pressure gauge was still showing above 30 PSI. The captain didn't return the engine to the previous throttle level even after knowing from the checklist that shutting down the engine was not needed for this case. The crew had decided to continue the flight as recommended by the manual. As the flight was reaching flight level 170 (17000 feet), the plane was not climbing any further since the right engine was still idle, which had resulted in lesser power. The crew misinterpreted the problem as a fault in the right engine and made a Pan-Pan call requesting to return to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. On the final approach, at a height of 90 feet, the captain decided to perform a go-around as the speed was not sufficient for landing. He gave full throttle to Engine 1. However, since the other engine was idle, the airplane rolled to the right, pitched up, stalled, and hit the ground at 80 degrees bank.[1][2] Of the 24 people on board, 3 were killed – the captain and 2 passengers. Out of the 21 survivors, 9 suffered serious injuries, including the first officer. Due to amnesia caused by the crash, the first officer couldn't recall the accident.”

  8. Just make them 10 sec clips at this point if you're not going to show the rest and leave people hanging or suffer a possible subscriber purge over the click bait stuff.

  9. I hate take-offs for this very reason. To me, I keep thinking that the plane is going to just fall backward. This video is NO HELP!

  10. What there a reason found to the altitude loss and why did the pilots abort landing. Shouldn’t they have try there best to land it level and on the runway?

  11. Grammatically speaking, "low speed" is "slow". Speed is a simple scalar, a number requiring interpretation. "Slow speed" is twisted. Intermediate-level English students pick this up. Normally.

  12. Why do you always end these videos without the final data! Is there a part two? Why do we want to continue to watch just half of the story!

  13. Is this on the paid subscriptions the Smithsonian Channel? Because I don't remember seeing this and I am a paying member. Why put this out there and not make it available to paying members to your streaming Channel?

  14. I’m starting to get tired of these sensationalist, incomplete videos. I’m about to unsubscribe.
    Also, the Americanisation of Dutch, AFRICAN and foreign language video / tv / film is an issue.

  15. 163 3 "Fatal Approach" KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 16 January 2019

    On 4 April 1994, KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 crashes into a field while attempting an emergency landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, killing 3 of the 24 people on board. The cause of the crash was…
    For those who wish to see "how it ends", or get an explanation of what caused the event, or who merely wondered from which show this is excerpted, here it is (above). It was aired 16 Jan of this year and was the 3rd episode of the (19th) season of "Mayday" the documentary series which is also broadcast as Air Crash Investigation, Air Emergency, or Air Disasters.I cut out the "spoiler". Smithsonian does not produce the program, that would be a Canadian outfit called Cineflex. Smithsonian gets its own narrator, however. There are 180 episodes each with its own aviation mishap crash or close call with a few train crashes thrown in, and almost every episode very well made and extremely interesting and informative

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