Plane Battles Dangerous Strong Winds in Amsterdam
This is the terrifying moment a propeller plane is battered by 70mph winds as it lands at an airport in Amsterdam. The dramatic footage shows the plane being blown from side to side by an intense storm. Despite the extreme gusts, the pilot manages to keep their nerve and bring the aircraft to the runway safely using a technique known as “crosswind landing”.
There were about 70 passengers onboard the plane as it landed at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport. The winds violently rocked the plane back and forth, captured in a stomach-clenching video. The final seconds of the landing were particularly intense as the pilot had to fight winds that seemed to constantly push the Dash Q400 aircraft off course. The pilot managed to land on the runway and straighten the aircraft as it slowed down.
As you might see in the video this is the second time they do a similar thing and no one really sure how did that happened. But they are sure that it is the great way to deal with these conditions and appear
Despite the fact that crosswind landings are terrifying to watch – and even more so when you’re in the cabin – these dramatic landings are fairly common (although the instance captured in the video is fairly extreme).
“It’s not really dangerous. It just requires the utmost of your training to kick in,” Daniel Fahl, a commercial airline pilot, told CNN. “It does look dramatic, but that’s just because the airplanes are so susceptible to the wind. But that’s how they’re designed. They’re designed to be weather vanes that point into the wind.” For those who can stomach it, there’s a plethora of crosswind landing videos available online and on our blog to test pilots’ nerves of steel.