Incredible crosswind landings

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Believe it or not this technique is standard, by-the-book practice when there are strong lateral winds present during landing.

If wind is absent, or blowing parallel to the runway, aircraft are able to align themselves directly from many miles out. Pilots need to monitor altitude and minor lateral displacements, but the longitudinal axis of incoming aircraft basically coincides with the direction in which they are traveling, said Iberia.

It’s quite a different matter when winds of significant speed are blowing in a lateral direction across a runway. In this case if pilots were to attempt landing in a normal manner, these winds would push the aircraft completely off the runway axis.

 

Last modified on Saturday, 08 February 2014 10:40

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