A massive Emirates Airbus A380 managed to pull off an incredible but terrifying landing during the powerful Storm Xavier in Germany. On Thursday (5 October), an Airbus A380 from Dubai was captured struggling to land at Dusseldorf airport in Germany as it was met with gusts of strong winds from the Xavier storm lashing across the country.
The giant aircraft, which seats more than 500 passengers, is seen jerking violently from side to side before the pilot brings it under control.Emirates A380
The video was recorded by plane spotter Martin Bogdan, who uploaded the footage to his YouTube channel. Mr Bogan wrote: ‘I have 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.’
An Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement: “Emirates flight EK 55 on 5 October 2017 landed safely in Dusseldorf under strong crosswind conditions. At no point was the safety of the passengers and crew onboard compromised.”
A GIF of the footage has been posted to Reddit garnering a slew of incredulous reactions, comments and jokes, with many applauding the pilot for the “unbelievable” landing.
I think we can all agree with the Cargospotter channel when it writes, “I would really like to know what the passengers thought during the arrival today at Düsseldorf.”