Tuesday 4 March 2008

Hair Raising Landing Caught on Video As Plane Almost Comes to Grief in Hamburg

On March 1st 2008, passengers aboard an A320 had a close call when their plane nearly crashed landed during severe crosswinds as they approached a Hamburg airport. The Boeing A320 was landing at Fuhlsbuettel Airport outside of Hamburg, Germany in nasty weather, when a fierce crosswind hit the plane at what seemed like the worst possible moment: as the wheels hit the tarmac.

Luckily, the pilot acted quickly, correcting the hair-raising wobbling and then pulling the plane back into the sky for another try. The plane landed about 10 minutes later with all 130 passengers safe. Juergen Raps, the airline’s executive vice president of operations, reiterated, that the pilots reacted outstandingly by inducing a go-around.

The pilot denied his effort was heroic, saying that he performed a maneuver that were practiced often during training.

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