Helios Airways flight 522 - WHAT happened?!

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    On the 14th Of August 2005 Helios Airways flight 522 took off from Larnaca, Cyprus on a routine flight via Athens to Prague. Due to a combination a of faulty cockpit setup and misidentification of the different cockpit alarms the pilots became unconscious and the aircraft continued it silent flight towards Athens without anyone at the controls.
    In this video I will explain the final report and give you my view of the different things that happened on this very tragic flight.

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Niko Neznanovich
Niko Neznanovich

You know what hurts the most about this accident?It was so easy to prevent/avoid.

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jammin023
jammin023

I've been reading recently about how Japanese railway staff use a system called "point and call". They are trained to physically point at the thing they're checking, and speak aloud what they're seeing. This system has been proven to reduce cases of checklist items being skipped or misread. Involving more of your senses sort of forces you to pay proper attention, where a quick glance does not. Maybe it should be considered for pilots.

Mario Chrysostomou
Mario Chrysostomou

You brought tears in my eyes and wake all these memories. I do follow you and one I like about you is that you are trying to explain everything down to the detail in a nice way. It took me several months to watch this video. I use to work with Helios and unfortunately I was the guy to dispatch the aircraft on that day. I talked to the crew and passengers during boarding but no one can imagine what was to come. 15 day prior to the accident I flew with this aircraft and this captain from Athens to larnaca and was a perfect flight.

Ivo Trausch
Ivo Trausch

A life lesson, not just for pilots, but for everyone: Safety checks are not there to annoy you. You should always take the extra 2 seconds.

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Mark
Mark

I worked with this Captain in a different airline.Its surprising from a procedural point of view because he was very diligent and I remember people always commented that his writing was like a typewriter.However as far as him being difficult to work with,thats an understatement.He also had anger issues.Still this was a shock to learn he was the captain of this flight.God bless them all,may they rest in peace!

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RealAlcibiades
RealAlcibiades

The lack of CRM was probably based on the attitude of the captain; he was an intimidating and unpleasant person to work with, and it’s possible the less experienced crew members just defaulted to him not wanting to interfere with his decisions because he was more experienced and was known for his temper and condescension.

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Ian Dalcourt
Ian Dalcourt

What scares me the most after hearing each step in this incident is how many times it was said "And that procedure wasn't followed." Everywhere from the pilots... to the engineers... to the ATC. Wow.

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ALK
ALK

All the human mistakes aside, we have to appreciate the tremendous failure of the warning system. With all the complicated computers and sensors, the complete failure to deliver a simple message of "low cabin pressure" is impressive.

Colonel RPG
Colonel RPG

This is definitely one of the most haunting accidents in aviation, in my opinion. The fact that everyone was dead except for the last flight attendant as they desperately tried to control the plane is just the stuff of nightmares, truly.

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B R
B R

This is easily the most horrific story I've heard on this channel. Something about a plane just auto-piloting and going into a holding pattern with most on board dead or unconscious is just truly upsetting.

A Garcia
A Garcia

The pilots were probably already beginning to suffer from hypoxia when they contacted the engineer. That would explain why they seemed so confused about the alarm.

TheRealHoltzy
TheRealHoltzy

This is still the only aircrash that really makes me feel devastated. To be in a position with the skills to save the plane and fortunate enough to have been conscious, only to find that you're already too late and destined to spend the last few moments of your life preparing to die alone... That was and still is always hard to digest. If I had been that fighter pilot that saw the flight attendant motioning "down", I would have asked to peel back and not watch the impact. That right there will grab you right in the soul and never let go

wxixl
wxixl

The Flight Attendant waving and then pointing down had to be one of those moments that would stay in the fighter pilots mind forever.

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Eddie Harkin
Eddie Harkin

I can't imagine how the maintenance engineer must have felt / still feels.

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BlueUncia
BlueUncia

Of all the air crash stories I've heard so far, somehow this one really gets to me. Maybe it's the way everyone on board was rendered totally helpless, either because they didn't understand the situation as was the case for the pilots, or because they did understand but were powerless to do anything about it, as may have been the case for some of the passengers and the rest of the crew.

Mark C
Mark C

I've got my own "switch in the wrong position" story. I was in ground radio in the Air Force 30+ years ago. I got a call at 2AM that there was no tower recorder indicator in the tower console. The tower recorder and the approach recorder were both in the approach facility. I drove to the approach facility, walked in and found the tower recorder in...(you guessed it)..manual. The approach controllers were only on duty until midnight, and there was a checklist that was done that included checking the recorders when their shift was over. They would have been talking to the tower controllers and going through that checklist. They left the recorder in manual and missed that part of the checklist, and then the tower controllers didn't notice they were missing the recorder light on their console until 2 hours later. I was pissed that I had to wake up at 2AM and go fix their screw up and lose hours of sleep, and I let them know it.

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foxjacket
foxjacket

I did not know about the flight attendant waving to the F-16s. I can't imagine what that was like for him or the fighter jet pilots. 😥

Kahlan H
Kahlan H

We had friends in this flight, thank for explaining what happened and caused this, it was chaos at the time.

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Jamie McClure
Jamie McClure

The part about the flight attendant signaling to the fighter pilots had me 😪 I cannot imagine how utterly helpless that person must have felt, knowing what was about to happen.

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Kirby Dufour
Kirby Dufour

This was so easily corrected. It is mind blowing how they continued to blatantly ignore ALL THE SIGNS AND WARNINGS!

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