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Emirates A380 Jet Nearly Loses Directional Control In Windy Landing

We’re pretty sure the maintenance logs asked for replacement of the tires and the pilot’s seat cushion after this landing.  They are lucky it wasn’t worse.

Landing a “heavy” or “super” sized airliner in strong crosswinds requires great skill. It is even more challenging in gusty conditions. In this video posted on Youtube by Cargospotter, the Emirates A380 airliner touched down hard while still crabbed during gusty crosswinds at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany.  The jumbo then overcorrected as the pilot attempted to kick rudder to straighten out the jet after the hard landing. The jet then slid sideways before the pilot finally regained control. The landing gear incurred some serious side-load on that landing. See for yourself:

Gusty winds cause areas of rapid lift and downdrafts. Strong wind gradients near the surface also lead to low-level wind shear. If a wind gust subsides at the wrong moment, the aircraft can sink faster, leading to a rough landing or worse.  There are many techniques that pilots use in stormy/gusty conditions.  Many crews discuss how they are spring loaded to go-around with an unusually high sink rate or if they encounter wind shear.  They also brief a reference ground speed.  This speed accounts for the expected shear.  It means that an aircraft will fly faster so that they can ‘fly through’ the shear and still be on-speed at touchdown.


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