A crosswind in aviation terms is a wind blowing side-to-side across a runway. Landing in a crosswind is routine for pilots in stormy weather but it requires a lot of skill.
YouTube user Cargospotter has made some great videos of crosswind landings at Düsseldorf airport in Germany.
Filmed from straight down the runway, it foreshortens the runway length and shows how the aircraft move about laterally.
“Check out the amazing skills of the pilots,” Cargospotter says.
“Some of them really had a hard time trying to land during these stormy conditions. We had wind speeds up to 55 knots. I spent seven hours at the airport and I was able to see 15 go-arounds.”
A “go-around” is when a pilot literally does just that – goes around and tries the landing again.
Aircraft types shown in this video include B737, B757, B777, B787, A320, A330, Fokker 100, CRJ-900 and a few others.
Written by : Peter Needham