Video captured at Dusseldorf airport showed an Emirates A380 landing in extreme crosswinds
Video captured at Dusseldorf airport showed the stomach-churning moment an A380 landed in extreme crosswinds.
The Emirates plane bounced around in the air as it descended closer to the runway.
But the real show for spectators came once the aircraft had touched the tarmac.
Bouncing down on its back wheels, the huge plane swerved to one side and then the other as pilots tried to get the nose wheel on the ground too.
Emirates Airbus A380 as it came in for landing during a storm at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany
Eventually the aircraft straightened out as it taxied along the runway.
The incredible footage has been viewed over 528,000 times since it was shared to YouTube yesterday.
The video uploader called the landing “unbelievable”.
Cargospotter explained: “I have filmed a few thousand crosswind landings at several airports in Europe within the past years, but this Airbus A380 crosswind landing was extremely hard and extraordinary.
“At first it looked like a pretty normal crosswind approach but after touchdown the pilots tried to align with the runway which looked pretty incredible.
Emirates: The A380 bounced around as it approached the tarmac during wild weather
“I have never seen such a tremendous reaction of an airplane after a touchdown.
“You can see that the pilots tried to align with the runway by using the tail rudder and luckily it worked out.
“This video shows the incredible skills of the pilots. Even after an unexpected wind gust after touchdown they managed to re-align with the runway. Incredible job.”
Hundreds of people have commented on the video to share their own reactions.
Emirates: The Airbus A380 swerved after its back wheels touched down
One YouTube user wrote: “OMG, that’s scary.” Another shared: “I always wondered if you could drift an A380.”
Though crosswind landings can be harrowing for passengers on board, pilots are well trained to perform the difficult task.
A technique called ‘crab landing’ is used, which involves coming in to land slightly sideways, so the nose is in line with the runway.
Earlier this year a plane made a one wheeled landing at Leeds Bradford Airport during crosswinds brought on by torrential weather.