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Issue 122 - January 2012 - Page 20

Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck

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Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

Brief Analysis
The video does not show footage of a real incident. Instead it is a cleverly constructed commercial for a Nissan Frontier truck.

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Last updated: 1st December 2011
First published: 1st December 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Subject: Landing a plane on a truck

If this is a trick/con job, it has been done very well. If not, nothing short of amazing. Must be an awfully fast truck.

Detailed Analysis
This "viral" video, which is circulating via YouTube and other social media sites has caused a flurry of debate among viewers. I have also had dozens of submissions from readers asking if the video is genuine. Supposedly, the video depicts a passenger airliner with disabled front gear being saved by a fast-thinking pickup truck driver. The video, which is made to look like a breaking TV news story, depicts the truck racing under the nose of the landing jet and catching the disabled landing gear in its bed, thereby effectively substituting as the aircraft's front wheels. The video includes interviews with passengers and airport staff and even the intrepid truck driver himself.

Of course, the footage does not depict a real event. In fact, the video is part of a clever ad campaign for Nissan Frontier pickup trucks. The following video depicts a more complete version of the commercial that includes promotional material for the Nissan Frontier. Note the "Fictionalization. Do not attempt" disclaimer:

The TV ad was created by Los Angeles based agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day and is discussed in more detail in an October 4, 2011 article published on the AdWeek website.

It hardly needs to be said that attempting the stunt in real life would likely end in disaster for both the aircraft and the hapless truck driver. In reality, it seems vastly improbable that the driver could gain speed quickly enough to actually get under the aircraft's nose at the crucial time of touchdown, dare I say, even if he was driving a Nissan Frontier. Nevertheless, people do enjoy discussing the "what if" aspects of such fictional events.

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Ad of the Day: Nissan Frontier saves the day

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