Dramatic video of perfect crosswind landing by TUI pilots

October 21, 2018
crossiwnd landing

The pilots of a TUI Boeing 757 have performed a textbook crosswind landing at Bristol earlier this month.

Crosswind landings can be a major challenge for pilots and occur when the wind is across the runway not head on.

The recent bad weather in the United Kingdom has really tested the skills of pilots.

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Typically aircraft land and take-off into the wind to decrease the landing or take-off distance.

This video below was taken at Bristol Airport on October 12 during Storm Cullum.

In some cases aircraft land with a slight downwind component – typically associated with noise sensitive airports where one runway is preferred over another.

Where a pilot faces a crosswind landing they need to point the aircraft in the direction of the wind while maintaining a straight course toward the runway.

This is called crabbing or yawing.

In strong crosswinds, the pilot may also dip the wing – sideslip – into the direction of the wind.

Just before touchdown pilots apply rudder to bring the plane – and its undercarriage – back so it is aligned straight down the center line of the runway.

This takes great skill and the results – if not done properly – are often quite spectacular as shown in this video.