Typhoon Soudelor ripped through Taiwan over the weekend, causing dozens of deaths and bringing us some pretty shocking footage, like this one from a dash cam:
So what impact can a typhoon have on a parked planes? Check out this footage of the nose gear of a China Airlines 747 being lifted off the ground due to the strength of the winds:
Given that a 747’s empty weight is about 400,000 pounds (about 200 tons), and maximum weight is about double that, it should really put into perspective how strong the winds are. Wow!
What a sad situation — my thoughts are with those who lost loved ones and have been misplaced by the typhoon.