Pilot Shows Amazing Maneuvering Skills As He Lands Plane Avoiding Accident

StoryfulPublished: August 6, 2017393,956 viewsVirality: 27%
Published: August 6, 2017

High winds test pilots' skills and sometimes obliges pilots to land in extreme weather conditions that often sways planes and frightens passengers. Some landing and take-off highlights in awkward wind conditions often note frequent flexing of the planes' wings in response to the turbulence.

Just twenty meters before landing this Boeing plane came close to a rough landing. The B777 stumbled under the windy weather conditions at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol resulting in a rocky approach to the runway.

The plane made a second attempt at the runway ten minutes later and landed safely on the ground.

Footage of planes landing in gale force winds, swaying left and right and appearing to approach the runway sideways, are unlikely to fortify the courage of nervous fliers. But what are the risks posed by high winds?

The wonky touchdowns shouldn’t alarm anyone. In fact, pilots are trained to perform exactly this type of landing in the event of strong crosswinds.

Pilots want to land into the wind and in the center of the runway. If there's a tricky cross wind, they will approach with the nose of the plane facing the wind. Just as the pilot performs the “flare”, he or she will bring the plane’s nose in line with the runway.

It this maneuver is performed too early, the plane won’t land in the center of the runway, or on the runway at all. If the pilot isn’t happy with their first effort, he or she will abort the landing, and try again. In what is known as a “baulked landing”, the plane might even touch the runway.

Pilots always have a plan B in mind if the intended approach is not safe or if the airport closes because of high winds. Updates on wind and weather conditions are communicated to crew throughout a journey to help with decision making.

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