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Plane Landing Attempt In Birmingham England

Hits: 4670 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Entertainment | Added by: bacon_pie
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Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4864 Posts
Saturday, December 07, 2013 3:48:37 AM
We've just had a large low-pressure system pass over the north of the UK, so it was a bit windy! We also had spring-tides, so lots of east-coast flood-damage. The Thames- barrier recorded the highest flood-surges since it was built. Hemsby had a few buildings fall in the sea.

TrustyMadman
Male, 18-29, Canada
 139 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 11:15:01 PM
So... I just watched a pilot making the correct call and aborting a landing. ^INSERT AN OPINION HERE THAT CONTINUES THIS THREAD^<<<< FAIL

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15076 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 9:12:38 PM
Landing a small plane in a crosswind is tough, but it's nothing like doing it in a big jet. The procedures are completely different.

In a small plane, you can bank into the wind and put it down one wheel at a time. However, big jets can't take all that weight on one set of wheels; they have to put both of the main gear down at the same time. That means they have to keep the plane level and crab into the wind, then kick the rudder to straighten it out at literally the last second before touchdown. Too early and they'll start to drift off the runway in the downwind direction; too late and they'll jump off the runway in the upwind direction -- that or just snap off the gear -- from hitting the runway with the plane turned at an angle.

Looking through a long telephoto lens makes the angle look worse than it is, but I'd still give this one a pucker factor of ~8.

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3744 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 7:44:24 PM
I had the pleasure of riding in the copilot seat of a Beechcraft King Air and landing in a strong crosswind. I never want to experience anything like that ever again.

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11734 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 7:38:47 PM
Pussies, they were almost down. Punch through it and get on to the next stop you whiny little girls.

xcrnnr3210
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 10 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 5:39:09 PM
It was an attempted "crab walk" landing. Difficult to do, but necessary for high cross winds.

agentsarahja
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 124 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 5:24:31 PM
The pilot made a good call. The landing is just as critical as the takeoff- if you can't land properly then pull up,come back around and try again.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 5:20:12 PM

Alternate caption: Jet Drifting in Birmingham!

elderban
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 383 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 5:11:20 PM
Hit a crosswind landing once. Not fun. Good thing the pilot knew his stuff.

den3jlb
Male, 18-29, Europe
 326 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 4:15:16 PM
It wasnt the wind, it was the fact that the pilot realised he was landing in Birmingham and said "forget this, I'm off".

CodeJockey
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5280 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 4:07:06 PM
I've been in a couple of those. Good decision.
F*ck that landing and try again.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6270 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 3:51:57 PM
If it's Birmingham, the pilot was probably just drunk.

tedgp
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3291 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 3:51:11 PM
Computer guides it on and tries to land. Pilot goes nopenopenopenopenopenope

bacon_pie
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2819 Posts
Friday, December 06, 2013 3:40:12 PM
Link: Plane Landing Attempt In Birmingham England [Rate Link] - Crosswinds at the airport makes you want to take a train.


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