It amazes me how safe flying is. Not because I don’t trust the technology or people involved, but rather because of the sheer number of planes that fly every day, and because of all the conditions that flights deal with.
So I’m not meaning to suggest that a crosswind landing is dangerous, but rather that watching crosswind landing videos reminds me just how safe flying is, and how much responsibility pilots have. I’ve shared many crosswind landing videos in the past, like this crazy crosswind landing at Prague Airport that caused a go around:
Or these turboprops just being thrown around on approach at Birmingham Airport:
Well, a new video has emerged of an Emirates A380 landing at Dusseldorf Airport, which shows some of the craziest side-to-side movement that I’ve seen of a heavy jet after landing. When the plane is on approach it looks like a pretty standard crosswind landing that’s fully under control, but the real craziness comes after the plane lands. Check it out:
Apparently the video is from yesterday’s Emirates flight from Dubai to Dusseldorf, which landed while storm Xavier was passing through Germany. I can’t get over how much the plane moves side-to-side after landing, and can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a passenger on the flight.
Kudos to the pilots for an incredible landing!