A flight in 1985 defeated the odds after landing without any fatalities despite an accident in the air.
The China Airlines Flight 006 was a non-stop journey from Taipei to Los Angeles when, on February 19, suffered an engine failure.
This caused it to freefall for thousands of feet, suffering extreme g-force.
But how was the captain able to recover the plane and land it without any deaths?
The plane was ten hours into the journey when the thrust from No.4 engine failed.
This caused the flight to fall 30,000 feet in just two and a half minutes, spiralling out of control.
Passengers onboard the plane then experienced g-forces as high as 5g, 2g more than astronauts experience during the launch of a rocket and the limit which many humans can deal with before passing out.
One passenger explained on National Geographic’s Mayday TV series: “People just popped up like popcorn. I closed my eyes, I thought I was gone.”
Thankfully, Captain Min-Yuan Ho managed to retain control after retaining visuals when coming through the clouds at 11,000 feet.
The flight was then able to return to the airport, although diverted to San Fransisco thanks to a lack of fuel.
Injuries reported onboard were a fracture, laceration in the foot and back strain.
Despite the miracle landing, the accident was eventually put down to pilot error after an investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board.
A mixture of problems such as having not slept during his rest period, and not disengaging the autopilot after the thrust was lost meant that the bleed valve was not shut, causing the engine to shut down.
The report stated: “The autopilot effectively masked the approaching onset of the loss of control of the airplane.”
It found that “the captain was also distracted by his attempts to arrest the aeroplane’s decreasing airspeed, and this also contributed to his failure to detect the aeroplane’s increasing bank angle”.
Another flight miracle occured after a plane managed to perform a miracle landing when it ran out of fuel mid-air.
Source : EXPRESS