17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT PILOT LANDS HER PLANE WITHOUT A WHEEL!
17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT PILOT LANDS HER PLANE WITHOUT A WHEEL!


you [Applause] sorry sorry excuse for a service or the wrought iron or the first ascent 142 496 next I barely tower hold short of runway 9 landing traffic warrior 2 for 9 or 6 x-ray runway 9 full-length cleared for takeoff or your 2 for 9 and 6 X right our salads that warrior two parts of rape face your stress wheels just fell off it was Roger worried to 496 experts are yeah yeah warrior to 496 x-ray the while coaches said that you’re right Maine is now missing from the airplane it is falling off the airplane so your intentions can I circle back to where warrior 9 is successfully affirmative are you a solo ma’am a bakudo pilots over yeah ok justice it’ll be okay just go ahead and circle the airport for now make a right turn to circle we’re going to get some people out to help you’ll pay pattern altitude 1100 and you can make a right turn out okay 49 and 6x rate just server we’re going to get some people out to help you everything will be okay [Music] nine or six x-ray just continue to circles go ahead and fly overhead the air from way just like you would be flying a normal pattern but just maintain your altitude we’re going to get someone out on the frequency to help you alright and the Niner 6x I just continue circling it we’ve got prophecy and instructor that should be able to come up on frequency all right all right and six er x-ray just a 906 extra I’m sorry just continue circling we do have someone that will be able to hopefully get on the radio and help you with the landing all right all right and North Atlantic can be are you able to come over to the tower and come up here okay well just give him escort over we have a dc-3 that they want to try and get him before her but she’s still circling so we would prefer to have you up here 96 X right there yeah okay 96 X oh we have one of the instructors up here Greg he just wants to make sure how you’re doing okay hey Maggie this Greg how are you doing like that yeah listen it’s going to be okay so you’ve got plenty of fuel you got the aircraft under control so you’re just going to continue circling John’s John’s going to be here shortly and we’ll keep you we’ll keep you updated but we’ll work it out for us Beverly Tarascon 181 well currently is quite a ways out for the South just wondering yes by the airport we’ll be good to go in a little bit first one anyone Beverly shower we’re just gonna head bring you in enter the rice downwind for runway nine and we’re gonna bring you in before this aircraft land so just enter the right now and maintain 1000 just go yeah regular pattern altitude and we’ll bring you in around her okay so well we’re still currently with approach they have us on heading for analysis called us the head of sweet initiatives excuse us alternates but we’ll talk to you in a minute hey in Seneca I mean that warrior nine or six x-rays there’s a dc-3 that’s off to your right he’ll be landing so just extend down a little bit and you can just maintain your alt and fly behind him all right all right if ever liter come off 181 now with you but they’re bringing right downwind runway night don’t want anyone Roger report midfield on the Doan report that feels office how I cut off someone anyone and a warrior nine and six x-ray you can turn it back into the field this time I want you to circle to the north or to the left all right all right thank Colonel 180 was a bit field right down with rough way I don’t want anyone runway no include alone oh wait I clearly that’s what anyone Kanwar you’re 9 to 6 x3 on this path I’m gonna have you circle to the left I do have 2 aircraft coming up from the south that will be landing just circle to left we do have some instructors up here so just continue to do the circling like you are you doing a good job okay more than nine to six x-rays you can just go ahead and make that left turn now for the face and then over fly the runway again I do have traffic coming up from the south all right all right that’s what we thought it was three four three four [Music] suppose he told us you know folks who are here with us aircraft can barely tar Sagan if the scrubbers are three four three four or Beverly Hospital is something Fusco grandma enough for three four ident room for three four I turn to the right down for runway 9 where our survival scream 4 3 4 runway 9 Kirtland a little after runway 544 yes I could pop off at our ramp yes 4 3 4 negative and plan on exiting at runway one-six I’ve emerged II vehicles on socks are to you that the accident Bravo or a runway one-six I do that for people absolutely so if I quit I’ll answer was working for John 4:3 for affirmative runway 9 clearance OS forty nine and six x-ray won’t be much longer are you doing a really good job we do have these two instructors up here so we’ll be helping you here shortly alright [Music] Maggie this is John how you doing okay you’re doing a great job flying the airplane keep doing what you’re doing they’re gonna stage the equipment and I just in case anything is needed there but we’re just going to wait we’re going to take our time here we got plenty of time you get plenty of fuel we get plenty of daylight so just try to relax and you always heard me say go back to basics so we’re going to work the basics here as much as possible okay so maybe it’s Joan again they just did a final sweep of the runway to make sure there’s nothing out there that’s going to cause any problems I can see a tank at altitude lining up the runway so once you just continue down like you normally do what I’m thinking is just have it fly down the length of nine like you’re doing right now and then when you’re comfortable I’m a heavy turn and to the left and enter a left on win on zero nine would that work for you okay and I’ll tell you not much of an Ionian maybe suggest when you might want to start to turn crosswind and down when we’re going to do this just like we did I know it’s hard to say this but treat it like a much as like a normal landing as you can so the power settings we’ve always done the pitch to the airspeed keep everything as normal as you can so making the other things is some we’ve looked at the part we pulled that off the round we’ve looked at if the Leeson’s looked at it Greg and I have looked at the airplanes with binoculars so it’s your right wheel that’s missing so as you end the plus-side years you get a little bit of a left crosswind so if you use your normal left wing crosslink correction that means the left side will touch down first and you’re just going to ease the right side down it’s gonna try to pull to the right so be prepared to use a bluff for as much left rudder and left brakes as you have to do to try to keep it on the centerline okay Maggie will do a left crosswind turn and you’ll be flying approximately a heading of three six zero so maybe you’re in a better position than I am to call when you want to turn left on wind but give yourself plenty of room you don’t want to cut the base too tight so as you turn downwind make sure like the left wing to just the left wing tips just touching the runway that should give you sufficient space you know like that as much as normal as possible what’s real good Maggie you could enough spacing out there I think so yeah we’re not going to rush everything this is going to be perfectly normal if something looks wrong I’ll tell you to do a go-around but we’re gonna do a perfectly normal landing here yeah once you reduce about two thousand twenty one hundred rpm and under the way dark driver flaps and trim it for about eighty okay Maggie let me know when you’re comfortable when you trimmed up okay so just like we’ve done it a lot of hundreds of those hundreds of times before just kind of look back over the left wing you want to be about a 45 degree angle from 9:00 and then bring the power back let me say about 1700 because there’s not a lot of wind here and just a normal turn the bay seems you’d be doing a left turn to a heading of one eight zero for that base leg and everything is looking good Maggie hang in there keep doing what you’ve been trained to do okay second notch of flaps and trim for about 75 okay Maggie is a turning final what do you feel higher do you feel well okay let’s reduce the pilots bring back to about thirteen fourteen hundred seventy five initially tell Maggie when you’re comfortable go to full flaps that’s okay you’re doing a great job just remember that zero nine draining point very light winds Maggie variable a light left cross one so that’s all to your advantage he’s doing great keep doing what you’re doing you’re doing a perfect job mate just treat it like a normal landing it’s going to try to pull the right so when math went out the left main touches now right main touches now a beautiful job Maggie you get a whole bunch of people clapping for you up here so I just make sure you set the Maggs off shut the master off and get out of the aircraft and away from it as clear as you can great work thank you pick up Maggie excellent does you

100 thoughts on “17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT PILOT LANDS HER PLANE WITHOUT A WHEEL!”

  1. Walter Taraska says:

    To the fine folks at VASAviation and everyone who has expressed support and admiration for Maggie over the last week, we greatly appreciate your thoughts and words. To answer the question below – yes Maggie has seen this video.

    ..and to M. Katze – don’t be terrified. You – just like Maggie – will find the confidence you need if tested like this. You’ve already shown you have it in you or you wouldn’t have become a student pilot in the first place.

    BTW – weather permitting Maggie will go back up today!

    Walt Taraska “Maggie’s Dad”

  2. u2u2productions says:

    good on ya' Maggie

  3. soulcrusher0357 says:

    What's the odds of the average person that's never flown and has no knowledge of planes landing a perfectly working plane of this type

  4. kenshin Dugenia says:

    I wish i could be a pilot soon 😀

  5. Richard Ayala says:

    WOW! Under such stress and yet maintaining such composure! What a Testament to her strong will and character! Congratulations to the folks that guided her in…everyone maintained composure!

  6. kuboman says:

    Maggie is amazing! So proud of you! May God bless you the rest of your life!

  7. johnrem says:

    Great job Maggie!

  8. Darryl Andrews says:

    A very scared student pilot missing a wheel … but the controller clears other aircraft to land first??? What exactly does it take to get emergency handling?

  9. Akane Cortich says:

    OK well done Maggie, you just got your wings.

  10. Bryan Hauschild says:

    I hope she is still fly, she has the gift from what I can tell. So, as a pilot and mechanic myself, I want details. Why did this wheel fall off.

  11. kosys says:

    Outstanding job Maggie! Your ability to stay calm in the face of fear is to be admired. Great job, your a true pilot through and through.

  12. Drake Burd says:

    1:05 what's a wacco?

  13. Impeach all Putin-Appointees says:

    Maggie was terrified, but gained the confidence after hearing a familiar voice. My hats off to the ATC’s for both helping Maggie stay calm. Panicking in any situation will only get you hurt. Maggie and all of the aviation crew showed teamwork and avoided disaster.

  14. dh05z28 says:

    Pipers fucking suck

  15. Rusty Heckler says:

    Broke my heart when I heard her voice break into a sob. 😥

  16. Ian sands says:

    Can I always have Maggie as my pilot please.

  17. mobbr says:

    Tower: Just continue circling.
    Maggie: Okay

    3 months later

    Tower:Just keep circling, okay?

  18. David Cullen says:

    Just awesome! Great job, Maggie. Keeping your cool is tough in such situations but you did it, girl!

  19. Heather Smythe says:

    that was exciting

  20. AJ Harris says:

    17 years old…… AMAZING!!!!! Maggie, great job. May God continue to bless you…

  21. RID COMICS says:

    Sounds like Howard Stern in the ATC

  22. Cam Welles says:

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, in all seriousness though great job

  23. Kerem Solak says:

    What a tough girl … i almost cried at the end

  24. Dale Fry says:

    When I heard her poor little voice at 1:31, I teared up. Oh, you just want to help her so much!

  25. Russell Trigg says:

    Well done Maggie you did a great job! same for the ATC.

  26. Trumps Message says:

    Well done! Everyone performed in a professional manner and every time I hear Maggie I start misting up!

  27. DeManual says:

    Did this happen the same day this video was uploaded? Good Job Maggie! I could only imagine how scary it seemed at first but once your training and fearlessness kicked in, you landed it like a pro. I envy you as a former pilot.

  28. Matthew_Aviation says:

    SHE AINT CALM SHE HAVING A BREAKDOWN.

  29. Arthur Le Touriste says:

    Speechless good job Mag

  30. Jonathan Strohl says:

    I felt so horrible for her with her shaky little voice, but she was brave as a warrior. Awesome job, Maggie! You ARE a legend!
    And a wonderful job also by your instructor!

  31. FireBoss08 says:

    Her voice destroyed me! So happy she landed safely! Experience of a life time! Great job in the tower too!!

  32. DonziGT230 says:

    I beared through the excessive amount of ads to watch this to the end, well done Maggie!
    Due to the ads, no more vids from VASA

  33. THE RURAL RENEGADE says:

    I'm confused as to why people are getting so emotional over it I was just impressed

  34. Lustantino Animations says:

    Poor girl, having a panic attack. I'd be too if I was a student pilot declaring an emergency.

  35. The Criticiser says:

    Fantastic job and keep flying Maggie.

  36. Michelle Green says:

    NICE PREFLIGHT CHECK!! 👍👍 (sarcasm)

  37. Naira59 LOL says:

    Irsh school need learn respect mum dade

  38. MBatYT says:

    Next Lesson: Landing on a Carrier!

  39. RagnarisFellhanded says:

    I am 23 and I would be sat in a puddle of my own making in that situation. great work Maggie, bloody good job. the instructors were great too. give that girl her liscence!!

  40. Kelly Stanley says:

    Great job Maggie! You are an incredible young lady!

  41. Zhong Cheung says:

    1:31 broke my heart.

  42. Danny Edelman says:

    She was scared and still landed damn I need to do more

  43. Brennen Fitzgerald says:

    How many fly bys did she just do while the pattern was full……..
    Maverick is jealous….. Maggie wins this round.

    Girl,… amazing job. Seriously.

  44. Th3Hav0c PZ5 says:

    this is an aviation channel and your calling a landing gear a wheel SMH

  45. pieter bezuidenhout says:

    I felt the fear of not making it with Maggie's trembling voice initially but John put her back in confidence she could do it and thank the Almighty for saving her.
    Greetings from South Africa.

  46. Naughty Tasman says:

    WELL DONE MAGGIE! rrrRRRRRRRrrrrrrr!!

  47. Danilo Bojos says:

    that girl must have earned a new set of steel balls! she had gone trough any pilot's nightmare!

  48. Mike R.L. says:

    Maggies a legend!

  49. Sarmad Qureshi says:

    And No one made a video of that landing 🤷🏻‍♂️

  50. Vicki Finderup says:

    High f…… five 💪💪💪💪

  51. Kaltenstein Müller says:

    nice callsign…

  52. Roar Media says:

    One can only have complete admiration for how well everyone works together in time of total distress. Awesome job Maggie

  53. Zelig2u says:

    Lord have mercy! I had to fight off the tears at the end. You could clearly hear the stress and fearfulness in her voice as things began unfolding, but she did an absolutely amazing job keeping it together and her instructor was a tremendous calming influence. It was audible how she gained composure with his encouraging words. All I wanted to do was give that young lady and her instructor a hug. I saw another much shorter video about this for the local news, which said she completed her first solo like 5 days later? Kudos Maggie! As frightening as the experience must have been at the time, you must have come out the other side that much more confident, seeing how beautifully you performed under that pressure!

  54. nunya biznez says:

    Passenger to woman standing outside cockpit:  "you're a bit young to be a flight attendant aren't you young lady?"Woman to passenger:  "High I'm Maggie and I'm not a flight attendant, I'll be your captain today."

  55. bajatroy says:

    Onions when i heard her voice

  56. Nyx Doc says:

    Bravo to both of you. We student pilots here in Iran 🇮🇷 truly respect you for such awesome job. With lots of love from here in Iran 🇮🇷

  57. Mark Batarina says:

    ATC went from 0 to Mom real quick

  58. JediBhuddist says:

    Once you get your first Emergency Landing successfully completed, Probability-wise you're a long way away from another oxo.

  59. 1badsteed says:

    Well the waterworks started when I heard her crying. Maggie, you are so brave! Great job! And don't give up flying

  60. jimmie200 says:

    Wow! This chickie was very cool and professional. She got it done beautifully!

  61. Anthony CISNEROS says:

    Im so emotionally attached to this happy ending 😭😭

  62. Zacorian says:

    I felt it when she said that first yeah… whew.. I felt that fear hardcore. Havent watched it fill thru yet. But holy crap

  63. Dimitri Mikhael says:

    Is she crying???

  64. Joel Bulger says:

    Thankfully all want well and she calm down and relaxed

  65. Scott Smith says:

    Why would any aircraft with the ability to divert to an alternate enter the airspace ? What would've happened to this girl if there was a problem with the first landing aircraft?

  66. D Springer says:

    12:34 i have no idea why they covered u the number its all on the video lol. Great work Maggie

  67. Robert West says:

    Teared up as soon as I heard her young voice, thinking of my own kid in such a situation. I'll be thinking of you on my next emergency Maggie. You were as cool as a captain can be! My hero! -G650 Capt.

  68. Michael Inocente says:

    Was she supposed to end up in the grass?? Dosen't that airport have asphalt runways?

  69. Steve maddox says:

    God bless her I cried when I heard her fear, great job M , I would be your passenger anytime. Much Love. Steve.

  70. Quentin Macaque says:

    Outrageous case of mansplaining

  71. Joseph Sleinsky says:

    Hope she's doing well! I'm sure she is!!

  72. Hunter Odom says:

    I know it wouldnt had made it any better ..maybe even worst ,I know the ACT and instructors did an amazing job! But at the same time after I heard that cute little voice say"okay" in that worried voice I cant help but think it was the 8th deadly sin to let her fly for even a minute (during the time cuts) without talking to her and reassuring her😭😭😭

  73. Steve Farris says:

    That quiet, small voice sounded like my little daughter when she was scared. Grabbed my throat, swelled the tears and clutched my heart. Had to go and give her the biggest hug ever. This was a wonderful job by all involved. Happy for Maggie's safe landing.

  74. Jaren Hudson says:

    Watching this well afyer its posted date but good work Maggie!

  75. Jonathan Trott says:

    A year later it still amazes me that she has the confidence to land a plane without a wheel. I wonder if we will ever find out what caused the wheel to fall off

  76. Tyler says:

    Instructor John sounds like John Skinner who has a fishing channel on YouTube. I don’t think he’s a flight instructor but.. the voice was so familiar.

  77. Tyler says:

    Notice how she seemed to calm down with the female ATC and then cry a bit as she heard the male instructors? Women just have a better nurturing voice man.😂 Well done Maggie. You were able to walk away so, I’d call that a success.

  78. chelsea greer says:

    This is fab! Glad she is ok and it went well. If anyone wants to see another lone pilot land a plane search john wildey. He was a passenger is a small plane and the pilot died, he had 0 flight experience, had no dashboard lights, it was dark and he was in his 70s. Badass landed the plane.

  79. John Fosgate says:

    AWESOME JOB Maggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. NoriMori says:

    Poor girl! My heart broke at 1:27 when her voice cracked. I would've been crying too, and probably a lot harder than her. Very appreciative of the ATC and instructors who were so comforting and encouraging for her. And very proud of Maggie. After this, I bet she'll be able to deal with any in-flight problem with confidence and aplomb, 'cause I'm sure it'll feel like nothing compared to having to do something like this as a solo student pilot!

  81. NoriMori says:

    I must admit, at 0:55, when the ATC addresses her for the first time, and this tiny, timid voice just says "Yeah?", I can't help but laugh!

  82. robert Wood says:

    excellent assistance

  83. NoriMori says:

    0:45 – Can we take a moment to appreciate this unnamed guy, who noticed the gear fall off and immediately informed the tower? If he hadn't noticed, or hadn't said anything, no one else might have noticed until it was too late to plan out a landing, or maybe even until Maggie landed in Portland and found herself inexplicably careering off the runway.

  84. Jen Jen says:

    Great job, Maggie! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  85. Thomas Neal says:

    I've seen several comments expressing hope that Maggie is still flying. Here's a follow up story and the closest thing to an "update" that I've found. I think it's safe to assume that Maggie is still flying in 2019.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCZLkgz9PKw

  86. 橋本絵莉子 says:

    How can on the start a wheel going missing that is impossible ?

  87. Mark Jud says:

    Your awsome Maggie!

  88. James Koontz says:

    Some pilots have never experienced that situation before but happening to a student pilot..just wow! Great instruction and great execution. Maggie you handled that like a pro. Well done.

  89. Kuro Nyra says:

    Shit, and I tought that time went I almost collided with a glider was stressful. -the guy didn't arrived announcing his presence on the radio, he should have and we both went in final. He basicly stayed above me and was actually a bit faster than my cessna, getting ahead of me…

    Needless to say I was still in formation, terrified… And pissed off, just had to brake right, push the throttle back to 100, and start all over again.

    But that girl. Damn, THAT is something dangerous.

  90. dark cloud says:

    Just as the kids about to land I get a freaking ad! Damn YT lol had me screaming at my phone lol

  91. Lieblingsfarbe says:

    12:35 out of context….sarcasm 10/10

  92. Sean McDonough says:

    Great job, Maggie!

  93. Bryan says:

    Beautiful.

  94. Playback says:

    She did such an amazing job and stayed as calm as could be expected. That little scared jitter in her voice put a lump in my throat. What a thing to have to deal with at 17.

    You fucking rock maddie.

  95. BestKnifer says:

    No actual footage?? Just Comms?

  96. Sun and D-970 says:

    Man poor sweetie I can hear the fear on her voice.

  97. John Eyon says:

    why did those instructors keep saying "how you doing?" – in this situation it creates more awkwardness and it wastes time – you're the instructor – instruct!

  98. Goalieplayer 36 says:

    Holy crap I live right near this airport

  99. inthebriarpatch says:

    It's 0430 hrs and I just watched this landing while holding my breath as if im watching a suspense thriller. Shew. Good job.

  100. ninjacookies00 says:

    Dude when I was 17 I was scared when something happened to my car while I was driving. That girl is badass. Congrats Maggie, you have the coolest story of anyone in your high school.

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