By Staff writer
Dramatic footage shows the Emirates moving sideways due to the crosswinds as it approaches the runway at Schiphol Airport
Storm Angus hurricane winds forced the captain of Emirates A380 to successfully perform a sideway or “crab” landing technique at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Monday.
The dramatic footage shows the Emirates moving sideways due to the severe crosswinds as it approaches the runway.
The “crab” landing enables an aircraft to drift laterally as it approaches the runway in order to track the runway centreline, which allows the pilot to safely bring the plane to the ground, the Daily Mail reported.
“A pilot should be alert and free from fatigue when landing, and be given the opportunity to develop excellent handling skills,” Steven Draper, representative of the British Airline Pilots' Association and a former pilot, told the newspaper.
Emirates operates have 80 A380s in their fleet.
On Monday, Storm Angus brought hurricane force winds to southern Britain causing flooding and power cuts to thousands of homes.