Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Amsterdam Airport: Dramatic video of plane forced to abort landing during Storm Aileen | Travel News | Travel

Storm Aileen moved from the UK over to mainland Europe, and Amsterdam was in the firing line. 

Schiphol Airport was hit by 80mph winds as the storm took hold. 

Stomach-flipping footage showed a plane coming into land in the treacherous conditions yesterday. 

The flight bounced around in the ominous grey sky as it approached the tarmac.

It appeared to pull out of its landing due to the severe winds closer to the ground. 

The next filmed approach resulted in a successful landing, after a very bumpy ride on the way down. 

It’s at the pilot’s discretion as to whether they land or abort landing in crosswinds. 

There are various techniques that can be used to tackle such conditions.

One of these is called ‘crab landing’, which involves coming in to land slightly sideways, so the nose is in line with the runway.

There is a crosswind limit built into all new passenger planes which communicates to the pilot whether it is safe to land.

If the crosswinds exceed the limit, the plane will divert to another airport. 

This isn’t the first time weather has made for a difficult landing at the Amsterdam airport.

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