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.
The video does not show footage of a real incident. Instead, it is a cleverly constructed commercial for a Nissan Frontier truck.
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.
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 another version of the commercial that includes promotional material for the Nissan Frontier.
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 is 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. And, of course, the weight of the massive aircraft would quickly crush even the most robust of pickup trucks. Nevertheless, people do enjoy discussing the “what if” aspects of such fictional events.
The ad is strongly reminiscent of the famous short film ‘405’ that features a stricken airliner’s encounter with a Jeep and its hapless driver. In 405, released in the year 2000, a part of a highway is blocked off so that the plane can make an emergency landing. But the man in the Jeep – along with an old lady in a Lincoln – find themselves on the deserted highway as the plane makes its landing.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!