Planes Land Sideways At Bristol Airport During Storm Callum

NewsflarePublished: October 15, 2018
Published: October 15, 2018

This video portrays a situation that would be absolutely terrifying for the people involved. When traveling by plane, many people suffer from at least moderate anxiety about the possibilities of what could happen with the flight. 99% of the time, though, planes take off, fly, and land without a problem whatsoever. However, this gives little comfort to those who have had to endure the horrifying experience of being on a plane and having something go wrong.

This video shows several planes that are forced to land sideways due to the powerful wind blowing against them. Even though the planes are close to the ground, that does not at all mean that a severe situation cannot arise and leave dozens of people killed or injured. That fact would be terrifying to the passengers on board these planes.

As seen in the video, the planes approach the landing strip normally at first, but the wind blows them off course. They are forced to land in a way that is not centered perfectly with the strip like they normally would. While the passengers were frightened, the pilots performed very well under pressure and were able to keep everyone safe through the entire ordeal. They remained calm, and they landed their planes successfully.

Powerful winds from the remnants of Storm Callum blew across the runway at Bristol Airport and caused these two planes to land sideways. As the planes enter the runway and tilt, viewers cringe, knowing the possibilities of what could happen in this moment. If the pilots had not been able to straighten their aircrafts back out before hitting the runway asphalt, the results could certainly have been catastrophic. The footage captured on October 13 shows Easyjet and Thomas Cook aircrafts being swept from side-to-side by crosswinds. Thankfully, pilots are trained well to handle these kinds of situations. This just shows the unbelievable importance of having properly trained staff on aircrafts. This is why aviation school is so difficult.

The training for this job has to be much more detailed than many other careers because of the potential risk. For commercial pilots, the weight of responsibility ensures that they take their jobs very seriously. When a commercial pilot is in the air flying his or her aircraft, they literally have dozens and sometimes hundreds of lives in their hands. If they do not perform their job well, or if they “have a bad day,” they are risking the lives of so many people and their families. This is not a responsibility to take lightly. Every time you get on a plane, you are making the choice to trust the pilot with your life. Many people take this for granted and do not fully appreciate their pilots.

The filmer writes: “The worst of Storm Callum at Bristol Airport was on Friday (October 12), but the next day, strong winds continued to cause diversions, cancellations, and some wobbly landings. This Easyjet Airbus A320 experienced a wobbly touchdown, as well as this Thomas Cook Airbus A321 that was buffeted by a strong crosswind gust.”

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