Dramatic video footage shot at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport a couple of days ago shows an Emirates A380 apparently moving sideways as it lands in howling crosswinds during Storm Angus.
Storm Angus slammed into northern Europe earlier this week, driven by winds of well over 100 km/h that ripped off roofs and caused much flooding.
The Netherlands was swept by fierce winds. The captain of the Emirates A380 shown in the video used a sideways or “crab” landing technique, which, according to a report in the Daily Mail, lets an aircraft drift laterally as it approaches the runway to track the runway centreline. The pilot then brings to plane safely into land.
The A380 has a fully loaded weight of up to 580 tonnes.
Written by Peter Needham