A skilled pilot battled powerful crosswinds to safely land the world’s largest airliner, harrowing new video shows. An Emirates Airbus landing was caught on camera when it tried to make a landing during strong crosswinds in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The Emirates Airbus A380 was on final approach after a flight from Dubai when it was slammed by Mother Nature. The giant aircraft, which seats more than 500 passengers, is seen jerking violently from side to side before the pilot brings it under control.
On Thursday, several flights were canceled and delayed to and from Germany due to storm Xavier’s terrifying winds.
The precarious crosswinds came courtesy of storm Xavier, a deadly disaster that hit northern Germany on Thursday with hurricane-strength winds and rain. As winds in Berlin and Hamburg reached up to 75 mph, flights at the city airports were temporarily grounded and most public transportation was shut down.
As shown in the video, the Airbus A380 (the largest passenger plane in the world) seems to be descending smoothly until the plane touches down on the tarmac, at which point the forceful winds take over. Let’s just say the passengers in the back of the two-story plane definitely bore the brunt of the bumpiness.
“This video shows the incredible skills of the pilots. Even after an unexpected wind gust after touchdown, they managed to re-align with the runway. Incredible job by the pilots!!”
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Using a “crabbing” technique, the pilot points the plane into the wind to prevent drifting until right before touchdown. At that point, the pilot uses the rudder to align the nose with the runway and uses the ailerons to prevent a drift.