Footage of planes landing at Loiu Airport in Bilbao, northern Spain, in strong crosswinds shows the remarkable skills of airline pilots in difficult conditions.
According to the State Meteorological Agency, winds reached 40 mph at the airport while winds of 80 mph were reported in other parts of the Spanish Basque region. The footage shows a pilot just managing to land safely on the strip as his plane is blown almost sideways, swerving violently under the strong wind as he attempts landing. Another plane is forced to abandon the attempt at touch-down.
Daily Mail reports that the airport authority said air travel was disrupted because of the high winds and four planes had to be re-routed to a different airport. A reader who claims he is a pilot comments on Daily Mail: "As a pilot myself, I can say that this is quite normal when landing in a cross wind. It's called crabbing and it's not dangerous."
But the writer who professes he is a pilot and says "crabbing" is "not dangerous" overlooks the fact that some planes were re-routed because of the winds. If "crabbing" isn't dangerous why were the planes re-routed?
The comment also overlooks the fact that landing under such conditions frightens passengers. A reader who experienced landing in high winds, said: "Had the scare of my life when our KLM flight couldn't land in Athens last week due to high winds. After two attempts at landing...we eventually landed in Thessaloniki. An experience I will never wish on anyone."
Herald Sun commended the skills of the pilots who managed to land their planes safely.