Cool video: UK turboprop lands sideways in strong wind in Leeds a week ago. Imagine, how the Aberdeen fliers felt...
It was at LBA that I watched a 737-400 get spun by the wind. Next stand to the aircraft I was working on. Thought the tail was going to hit the wingtip. Me and my mate the only ones around to witness it in the middle of the night.LBA is a shithole, crosswinds are obligatory as the runway only fits one way on top of the hill and that is most inconvenient as that way has cock all to do with the prevailing wind. The runway also slopes which is fun because the slope on one end is the same as the autoland profile so the thing just flies parallel with the runway until it gives up and a controlled crash ensues.
It is the only place I've ever used the full 40 knot crosswind capability on the aircraft and 8 of my lives.
It is also near Bradford which makes for a pleasant nightstop. Not.
Very regrettably it is now a Category B (Restricted) airport for us and because I'm not a God I can't go there unless accompanied by a God. Gutted.
Wow! And wow again! It's when you see stuff like that you realise just how astonishingly skillful pilots are. It's not just a matter of going up, flying straight and setting down. Thanks for posting it.Again from BHX, from last year...that looks like a bloody windy airport!