The Airbus A380 is a remarkable aircraft, not only in appearance but in versatility. In a fierce winds, there is no aircraft I’d rather be on.
Check out this video entitled “Trial by turbulence – A380 thrown around but gets through”. The recently-posted video captures an A380 landing in severe crosswinds at Birmingham Airport (BHX). Notice how the plane literally shakes during final descent. This was EK39 from DXB to BHX. A flight date is not specified.
We know this was severe turbulence because the EasyJet A320 that attempted to land before it ended up diverting.
The scariest fight of my life, a Malaysia Airlines 737-800 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh, included two aborted landings in similar weather conditions. It take a lot to scare me and I was very scared on this flight…it was one of those “life flashes before your eyes” flights. Thankfully we made it safely to the ground. Somehow, I don’t think I would have been nearly as concerned had it been an A380.
> Read M0re: On Malaysia Airlines and the Fragility of Life
The notion that you are foolishly “risking your life” by stepping onto aircraft, even in these conditions, is simply a fantasy. Pilots train very hard exactly for these scenarios and as near-perfect landing ultimately demonstrated, there is far smaller risk in flying than most daily activities we tend to engage in. I don’t know about you, but this video thrilled me. #aviation_nut