Terrifying footage has surfaced online showing the nail-biting moments that a Boeing 737 jetliner, buffeted by powerful crosswinds, was forced to abort landing after it nearly crashed as it touched down. The pilot was forced to pull up once again after the passenger jet nearly keeled over and the wheels skidded dangerously on the runway due to heavy crosswinds.
Footage showing a Boeing 737-430 nearly crashing as the pilot attempted to land at the Václav Havel Airport in Prague, Czech Republic, was uploaded to YouTube on October 4, 2016, by user Radko Našinec.
The short clip has since gone viral after having received nearly 700,000 views.
The big passenger jet is shown in the video swaying precariously from side to side as it came in to land at the airport. And as the plane touched down, it was buffeted by sudden gusts of strong crosswinds. The sudden gusts of wind caused the airplane to dip to the right and its wheels skidded dangerously on the runway.
But thanks to the skills and quick-thinking of the pilot, disaster was averted. The pilot took the decision to abort landing at the very last minute and lifted off into the air once again.
As the jet took off, it swayed to one side under the force of unrelenting and violent crosswinds.
The pilot circled in the air and then approached the runway once again for a second attempt at landing.
Fortunately, he was able to land the jet safely at the second attempt, despite unfavorable high winds at the international airport in Prague. The airplane approached the runway still swaying back and forth under gusts of wind, but the pilot was able to accomplish the delicate task this time around, setting down the plane gently.
Viewers on YouTube expressed admiration for the skills of the pilot. Many hailed him a hero.
YouTube user Našinec also praised the pilot’s “great recovery.”
“Hard times for crew and passengers seconds before touchdown on board this Boeing 737-430,” he wrote in his video description. “Great recovery!”
“Pilots certainly earned their pay that day.”
“A damned good pilot. “
“Glad everything went well. Stunning pilot job!”
Many viewers also attempted to imagine how the passengers on board the airplane must have felt during the first aborted landing and also at the second attempt.
“I bet some passengers **** ** their pants.”
“Passengers need to clean their trousers.”
“Holy god! It was really scaring and close to crash.”
“That’s it. From now on I’m wearing an adult diaper whenever I fly. Just in case…”
“Bet the passengers were grateful to land!! Well done to the pilot.”
The remarkable video is the latest in a series of recent footage showing skilled airline pilots delicately navigating treacherous crosswinds while attempting to land at international airports across the world.
In September, 2015, the Inquisitr reported on a dramatic video showing a pilot landing an Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, in powerful crosswinds at the Dusseldorf International Airport in Germany (see video below).
Landing in turbulence is challenging, but well-trained pilots are usually able to accomplish a safe landing assisted by the airplane’s automatic pilot.
“Pilots are highly trained, so this type of crosswind landing is nothing out of the ordinary.”
According to aviation experts, pilots undergo intensive training with sophisticated flight simulators to master landing in crosswind conditions. Airplanes also have specified crosswind limits and pilots are required to abandon landing once the limits have been exceeded. The pilot may have to fly his plane to another airport where wind conditions are more favorable if he is forced to abort landing after multiple attempts.
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