How to Land a 737, As Explained by a Commercial Pilot [video]

It's every passenger's worst nightmare: The pilots are unconscious and there's no one else aboard the plane qualified to land it. That's when a Primer man takes a deep breath and stands up. Commercial airline pilot Tim Morgan walks us through a detailed simulator, including how to radio for help and what to expect from air traffic control.

While watching this video won't actually make that moment any easier, it's a fascinating look into how the process works. As Superman says: Statistically speaking, it's still the safest way to travel! Safe flying – or landing, I guess.

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  • Reply April 15, 2016

    Mike Rogers

    Awesome post! Now I’m looking into pc flight simulators haha

  • Reply April 17, 2016


    Careful buying the flight sim. I started playing with it a few years and the next thing I know, I am taking flight lessons and got my certificate. Now I own an airplane. You are on the verge of going over the fiscal cliff! But what the hell. Go for it and never look back.

  • Reply April 18, 2016


    Thanks for this. I occasionally play military flight simulators (such as DCS World) but I should really look into getting knowledge on the basics of commercial airliners.

    I fly at least two to three times a year and this may be invaluable some time!

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