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Crazy Crosswind Landing!

Posted May 2, 2007

If you have a plane trip coming up soon, you might not want to watch this.

There's no question that air travel is the safest form of transportation ever devised.  When you're out on the Beltline, you've got people just a few feet away from you, racing past at 70 mph.  A lot of them are teenagers!  They're on the way home from the DMV, with their new license still warm from the laminator.

But when you're on an airliner, the crew has been trained for just about anything that could possibly happen.  The plane has been built to the most rigorous standards.  In the rare instance that a plane crashes, a thorough investigation uncovers the cause, and the industry learns from it and makes changes.

That's not to say it can't be a little tense.  Pilots will tell you that turbulence is no big deal -- but when you're a passenger getting bounced around, it seems like a big deal.  And those landings!  When we came in to RDU this weekend in gusty winds, the landing was one of those fast-and-slow, wing-swaying, slippery-feeling approaches. 

But it was nothing like the one in this video!  It's an Airbus A-321 landing in a crosswind at Lisbon, Portgual.  Lots of people are debating in the comments section  on YouTube about the piloting here. 

Aside from flying in Flight Simulator 2004, I have no experience to add here -- but you've got to admire the pilot's skill as those wings start swaying back and forth!


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  • Brian Shrader May 7, 2007

    It's a dream of mine! I can imagine that the real thing is easier. I have absolutely no depth perception on the computer. And I just can't imagine that my $30 joystick can reasonably simulate controlling an aircraft. ;)

  • New York Yankee May 4, 2007

    Brian...Try flying a real airplane. They are easier to land than the Flight Simulators like FS 2004. Even the full motion simulators are easier to fly then the ones on your PC.

  • Brian Shrader May 4, 2007

    I got on Flight Simulator 2004 last night and tried to land a 737. I just can't do it. I usually can make it on airport property, but never on the runway. Hmph.

  • Pilot May 3, 2007

    WOW! All crossed up and no where to go! Outstanding!

  • New York Yankee May 3, 2007

    At least he went around.

  • Brian Shrader May 2, 2007

    I think there may have been some serious clean-up work in the cabin when the plane got to the gate!

  • packandcanesfan May 2, 2007

    Might have been one or two barf bags used after that.

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