Some breathtaking twists and turns, as commercial airliners battle strong seasonal winds on landing, have been captured on video to lend an added thrill to the European airport where they were filmed.
Birmingham Airport (code BHX) is located 10 kilometres southeast of Birmingham city centre in England. The seventh-busiest UK airport, it’s a base for Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.
In March, Emirates began daily Airbus A380 flights there from Dubai.
Emirates’ big A380s should find crosswind landings a lot easier than smaller twin-engine planes like the Dash-8 and ATR, which appear in this video to have a difficult time coping with gusts and windshear.
More extraordinary footage of bigger planes landing at Birmingham Airport was filmed in 2014, a record winter for stormy conditions in the UK. The video below invites viewers to note the frequent flexing of the planes’ wings in response to the turbulence.
All planes landed safely. Modern aircraft and pilots are pretty impressive.
Written by Peter Needham