The Craziest Crosswind Landing Video I’ve Ever Seen

There are a lot of crosswind landing videos out there, and I’ve posted many of them on the blog. They can look dramatic, especially when viewed from the ground at certain angles.

However, a few days ago video emerged of what must be one of the most dramatic crosswind landings I’ve seen. The video is of a 737 attempting to land at Prague Airport. According to the video, the crosswind is only about 13 knots, which isn’t too extreme. However, the video footage is insane.

Perhaps it’s just the angle from which the video is taken, but to me this looks like the “closest call” I’ve ever seen for a crosswind landing — yow! Kudos to the pilots for their quick recovery during the go around.

Here’s the video:

Have you seen that crazy of a crosswind landing before?

(Tip of the hat to this airliners.net thread)

Comments

  1. Don’t take this the wrong way but it would be great if you avoided using ableist language in your posts like ‘crazy’ and ‘insane’.

  2. As an instructor pilot I’ve been in plenty of aircraft that have “gone around” but never a passenger jet. I’ve always been amazed at how little it happens. Lucky, have you ever been on a flight that has gone around?

  3. OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I twinkled in my pants watching that!!!!

    So dramatic!!!!

    I hope they proactively offered bread after landing!!!

  4. Today at YMML there was 51 knots … There is crazier video of a Qantas 737 floating around but I can’t find the link

  5. @ Paul

    I just searched for “Qantas 737 floating around” and this article showed up in top 5 hits on Google (of course due to the comment )

    Google has crawled the Web within that short period (doffered center between when your comment posted and this comment posts) and updated is search index.

    Either this blog is really famous or Google is amazing. I find that a lot more interesting.

  6. I too saw this video several days ago. From the perspective of an experienced ATP pilot it is ALMOST routine, if a bit late. If the landing is obviously not going to work, you Go Around and try again. You have flown enough to have ridden through sever Go Around events, I’m sure. In the hands of skilled pilots, the GA maneuver is dramatic, yet trivial. At the hands of marginal pilots – no need to mention their home countries, you will likely die! Sorry to be a little dramatic, but you should already know, some regions pilots do not fly with the skill demanded in North America and most of Europe.

  7. WOW! That was a narrow escape. I’ve been landing in very windy airports but never experienced anything like this. I wonder what people were thinking about during second approach.

  8. I was watching this little clip just before boarding a flight ZRH-BRU a couple hours ago. The back wheels touches the runway upon which I hear the engines going full power again and back in the air for a little loop around Brussels. Noting spectacular like this video but ‘funny’ that my first aborded landing happens right after watching this clip.

  9. With a runway alignment of 60 degrees and winds 360@13kt the crosswind component is 11 knots. That is not even remotely significant. For reference, flight schools place crosswind limitations on their student pilots for departure and arrival, which vary based on certain factors. For my flight school, a crosswind component of 11 knots is the upper limit for a student pilot flying with an instructor…in a Cessna 172. In other words, a pilot with little or no experience handling crosswinds shouldn’t attempt to fly a small, 1300lb aircraft that’s easily tossed around like a rag doll in the lightest of breezes without supervision in crosswinds over 11 knots because it *might* be risky.

    Now a 737, which weighs 91,000 lbs dry, will barely feel an 11 knot crosswind. And the pilot flying the 737 certainly has a LOT more experience handling an insignificant breeze across the runway than the beginner with ~10 hours flight time.

  10. Sorry….I only saw this missed approach on FB and didn’t see the ‘air nausem’
    Airline…..what amazed me is what torture these American Built Boeings are truly capable of sustaining !!

  11. What surprised me a little bit (but maybe i’m wrong) is that the aircraft has continues to fly on 4th of october and hasn’t been stuck in PRG for inspection (sounds that it has been done the next day in MXP.

    As seen here, after 4th october (date of the video), it has been used “as usual” > PRG-VRN-MXP (except on 5th i guess for some inspection).

    Weird no?

  12. Martin,

    You don’t have to agree with them (I certainly don’t), but you have to be a bit of an idiot to either not understand how it could be a problem in some people’s eyes (mental illness is deeply stigmatised, not very pleasant for the sufferers don’t you think?) or not understand why someone would care about those sufferers…

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