Any landing that you can walk away from...

by Volker Weber

... is a good landing. Right?

[Thanks, Hajo]


To be fair, you should also add to it: "..and the aircraft is still in one piece..."

Not sure if that applies in this case. :)

Pieterjan Lansbergen, 2008-03-25

OMG... Thank goodness I'm flying into Heathrow on Friday and not London City!

John Keys, 2008-03-25

Pieterjan, if the aircraft is still in one piece, then it's a great landing. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2008-03-25

My goodness!

That lurch at 0:12 is very close to a tip over - what must it have been like for the occupants?

On a slightly different note, how long does someone sit in that spot, filming every landing in the hope of capturing something 'interesting'? Is this the new breed of trainspotter? Out with the notebook and in with the digicam...

John Ash, 2008-03-25

John, actually that is a very old breed of trainspotter. They have been around since before the jet era.

Vitor Pereira, 2008-03-25

John Ash, I think that if there's crosswinds, as in this case, you have more chances to see and record landings like that one. :-D


Alex Hernandez, 2008-03-25


Alper Iseri, 2008-03-25

The rate of descent in that Airport is a few degress steeper then standard airports, but that was a pretty hard landing. I would imagine not too pleasant for those inside!

Paul Mooney, 2008-03-25

"Stewardess ... more coffee, please"

Lars Olufsen, 2008-03-25

Did they have a "Miss Hot Coffee"-voting then, Lars?

Jens Jeschke, 2008-03-25

Looks like the gusts totally destroyed ground effect. This landing looked hard enough to damage the landing gear, though smaller planes tend to be constructed to withstand greater g-forces than larger ones.

For those who might like to find out more about crosswind landings, the AOPA has a great page on the subject.

It really doesn't take much crosswind to send a private pilot to another airport, one with a larger selection of runways. I'm sure the imperative to land at a specific airport to meet commercial schedules has a lot to do with these kinds of incidents.

Garret P Vreeland, 2008-03-25

So, if those commercial schedules are met technically but in which condition have these passengers been? I don't know if I would be up to a job for a couple of hours after such a landing.

Oswald Prucker, 2008-03-25

As Volker likes landings so much, here is a landing I recorded last year at Alton Bay, NH, USA, it's part of lake winnipesaukee and in the winter the seaplane base freezes over and is turned into an ice runway for a few short days each year. FYI there was no crosswind on this day, just a poor landing.

Poor Landing Lake Alton Bay

and if you want to know what a landing looks like from inside, this is the video I shot from inside the cockpit of the plane I was flying the following week.

An Alton Bay landing from inside the cockpit

Also the black truck you see on the left as I come in to land, that was hit a day later too...The truck driver was actually in the wrong for parking too closely to an FAA recognised runway.

Carl Tyler, 2008-03-26

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