Extreme flight videos


After this shock everybody is wondering how such accidents can happen. The following videos show some examples how stressy it can be for a pilot to fly a jet.

This video shows and extreme landing with a 747 a.k.a Jumbo. There is a cross wind during landing and the pilot has to turn the aircraft to the right position in this cross wind.

Extreme landing with a Jumbo

The second video is about a jumbo that takes off on a very short runway. This video shows us what an extreme situation it can be to land or take off on a short runway. Can you imagine how this video would continue if it was wet and rainy?

Extremely short runway

The next cideo shows a cross wind landing in HongKong. This is an almost accident situation. You can see how hard the pilot tries to keep the aircraft in direction. Finally he manages to put down the plane on the runway, but in a bad angle, so he has to stress test the breaks.

Landing in heavy cross wind

Finally 2 videos from my favorite airport: Saint Marteen. One from the cockpit and one from down under. Although it looks funky, it is not dangerous for the pilot to land on this one.

Landing at St MarteenKLM 747 lands at St Marteen

Keep reading us! We will make an interview tomorrow with a pilot and ask him about the air crash in Sao Paulo.

By Szafi

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4 Responses to “Extreme flight videos”


  1. 1 Ha Tikvah July 20, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    “The second video is about a jumbo that takes off on a very short runway. This video shows us what an extreme situation it can be to land or take off on a short runway. Can you imagine how this video would continue if it was wet and rainy?”

    Says it all – when you think in particular of the recent crash this week in Brazil. Hard to understand why airports don’t work harder to prevent such problems long before they actually happen.

  2. 2 szafi July 21, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    HaTikvahÉ first of all I like your blog. You’ll see me there for sure. 🙂
    And yes, you are absolutely right. Especially because operating an airport is the biggest business in the airline industry. You get landing fee from the airlines, airport taxes from the passengers and tough fees from handling companies. And if the airport even owns a handling company, that’s the cream on the cake. Basically you buy a piece of land, build some buildings on it and you have nothing else to do besides contracting airlines and handling companies and pay some peanuts for IT providers, cleaning and such suppliers, but maintaining the runways and buildings. Full stop. Not too hard to do it well. And just to mention some figures, Budapest Airport – one of the most minor ones in the region with around 4-5 million passengers per year was sold for around 2 billion USD 2 years ago. While I’m writing this comment, I have checked the traffic of this Congonhas airport. Wikipedia says 17, 5 million passengers per year. I guess everybody can do the maths.

  3. 3 balint01 July 23, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Besides landing fees, airport taxes, handling company fees let’s not underestimate the retail business at airports, either!! They are nowadays generating more profit at the bigger airports than the actual air travel related operations! Some of the airports are basically a shopping mall that has a special feature which is not a movie theatre or a special waterfall or rollercoaster, but some airplanes taking off and landing… 🙂

  4. 4 Ha Tikvah July 24, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for the encouragment re my own blog :).

    “Basically you buy a piece of land, build some buildings on it and you have nothing else to do besides contracting airlines and handling companies and pay some peanuts for IT providers, cleaning and such suppliers, but maintaining the runways and buildings.”

    Just wanted to say in respect of that, it reminds me of an absolutely hilarious talk given by an air traffic controller in England – Dave Gunson – “What goes up might come down..” – not sure if you ever heard it, but he makes a lot of jokes precisely about that fact – sidesplitting in his description of how the locals view it. :). If you’ve not heard it and want a copy, I’ve got one going spare on tape 🙂 – my email is on my Blog. Alternatively you can get it on CD through Amazon for anyone interested. Apologies for being a bit off topic 🙂 .


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