Boeing 747 captain tackles extreme crosswinds during landing

  • Tackling crosswinds during landing can be appalling
  • The plane in the video is a Boeing 747
  • Boeing 747 is perfect for handling crosswinds

Published on May 19, 2024 at 4:05 PM (UTC+4)
by Daksh Chaudhary

Last updated on May 19, 2024 at 4:05 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Tackling crosswinds during landing can be appalling, just like the Boeing 747 in this video.

Situations like these challenge not only the pilot but also serve as the ultimate test of a plane’s reliability.

Such situations can occur not only during landing but during takeoff as well.

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The plane in the video uploaded by Aviation on X is a Boeing 747, making a landing at Narita International Airport, Japan.

So what exactly are the crosswinds and why is it a tackling situation for the pilots?

When a plane takes off or makes a landing, strong winds blow from the sides rather than from the front or from behind.

A plane loses its balance in such situations, requiring high skills to keep it balanced.

As shown in the video, the pilot is constantly steering the plane to keep it balanced for a perfect landing.

In such situations, even a single mistake is not acceptable.

This Monarch A320 faces a similar situation during takeoff.

Narita Airport is quite popular with international visitors to Japan.

But, it’s also famous for regular crosswind situations like this.

Only well-trained and experienced pilots like the one we witnessed in the video can tackle crosswind situations.

And that, too, requires a lot of effort.

Handling crosswinds also depends on the aircraft type, and the Boeing 747 is considered ideal for such conditions.

One reason why the Boeing 747 is perfect for handling crosswinds during landing is its large size and heavy weight.

This gives it more stability and makes it less susceptible to being pushed off course by strong winds.

Additionally, its wide wingspan provides ample surface area for the pilot to control and counteract the effects of crosswinds.

Moreover, the Boeing 747 is equipped with advanced flight control systems that assist the pilot in maintaining control, even in challenging weather conditions.

So, while crosswinds can be tricky, planes like Boeing 747s can handle even the trickiest situations with ease.


Daksh Chaudhary

Meet Daksh: Not your typical pro, but definitely a pro at being fascinated by supercars, tech, and all things futuristic. When he's not nose-deep in work, catch him glued to anime screens or lost in the pages of a good book.