Dutch pilot shares cockpit footage of Boeing 737 landing in crosswind

  • This Dutch pilot has shared a rare cockpit POV
  • It reveals the focus and concentration it takes to land a Boeing 737-400
  • The crosswind gusts only add to the gravity of the task


Published on Jun 18, 2024 at 5:36 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 19, 2024 at 5:48 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This Dutch pilot has shared a cockpit POV revealing the focus and concentration it takes to land a Boeing 737-400 in crosswind gusts.

The flight was en route to Milan Malpensa, Italy, when she decided to use an Instrument Landing System (ILS) to get wheels on the tarmac.

Despite seeming cool and calm in the cockpit, the facts, approach charts, call-outs, and Boeing procedures added that she has a lot to contend with.

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What is an ISL landing?

While she might seem breezy, content creator and pilot, Michelle Gooris, has a lot to action during ILS.

Per SKYbrary: “An Instrument Landing System is a precision runway approach aid employing two radio beams to provide pilots with vertical and horizontal guidance during the landing approach.

“The localizer (LOC)provides azimuth guidance, while the glideslope (GS) defines the correct vertical descent profile.”

Boeing 737-400 aka Boeing 737 Classic

This model has quieter and more fuel-efficient engines than its predecessors, per Boeing.

“The engines are larger and mounted forward of the wing struts instead of tucked directly under the wing as in the -100 and -200 versions.

“Advancements on the new-generation 737s included a strengthened wing to accommodate greater gross weight, tip extensions to the wings and horizontal stabilizers, and strengthened wheels, tires, and brakes,” reads the website.

The Boeing 737-400 has the same handling characteristics so that pilots can use the same Type rating to fly all of them.

And while we can’t see the bells and whistles from this angle, these friends rebuilt a Boeing 747 with a cockpit fully operational as a flight simulator.

Dutch Pilot Girl

Plus you can check out the incredibly elegant cockpit of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800.

The 737-400 is about 10 feet longer than the 737-300, holding 19 more passengers, and with a gross weight of up to 68039 kg (150,000 lbs).

However, it is able to retain the same fuel efficiency, low noise, and low operating costs as its predecessor.

And you can see this Boeing 747 performing an intricate landing with a series of complex maneuvers.

Those watching the video were impressed with the pilot’s performance.

“Appeared to be just another day at the office for her! Well done!” said one.

“This pilot showed focus and concentration, and great skills, great feel for how the aircraft was behaving in the windy conditions,” said a second.

A third added: “The most impressive view of a landing I’ve seen.”


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.