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Emirates A380 waltzes and sways down runway

October 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

New video footage of a giant Emirates A380 landing in a powerful crosswind and seeming almost to waltz down the runway as it sways wildly from side to side has notched up over 6.5 million hits on YouTube in three days.

The video was made at Germany’s Düsseldorf airport during a storm. The way the plane twists and sways as pilots control the aircraft is impressive.

Some of the effect derives from the long lens used to film the oncoming aircraft.

Similar optical distortions can be seen when watching cricket on TV and looking lengthwise down the pitch, where it can look like the bowler and opposing batsman are only a metre apart.

YouTube user Cargospotter, who posted the video, said he had filmed “a few thousand” crosswind landings at several airports in Europe within the past years, “but this Airbus A380 crosswind landing was extremely hard and extraordinary”.

“At first it looked like a pretty normal crosswind approach but after touchdown the pilots tried to align with the runway which looked pretty incredible. I have never seen such a tremendous reaction of an airplane after a touchdown. You can see that the pilots tried to align with the runway by using the tail rudder and luckily it worked out.

“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 !!”

Written by Peter Needham

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