Storm Dennis: Terrifying VIDEO shows AirPlane trying to Land with 146 km/h Winds
The skill of two pilots was captured on video as they landed the world’s largest passenger plane sideways while battling heavy crosswinds at Heathrow Airport.
The Etihad Airbus A380, flown by two people, can be seen seeming to hover meters above the tarmac as it attempted to a touchdown during Storm Dennis. Gusts of up to 50mph were recorded at London’s main airport on Saturday as the fourth named storm of the season hit just days after Storm Ciara.
Dozens of flights were canceled at Heathrow, but the Etihad pilots managed to land with one attempt, directing the 573,794kg plane across the runway to carry out a “crab” landing – a highly skilled maneuver where pilots fly the plane into the wind.
The Vido shows the landing gear’s wheels touching down, pointing across the runway instead of forwards, before the aircraft swings round to face the right way.