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WATCH: Typhoon In China Lifts Parked 747 Off Ground

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | August 12, 2015

WATCH: Typhoon In China Lifts Parked 747 Off Ground

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The power of Mother Nature has been well-documented, albeit mostly in unfortunate circumstances via the destructive nature of wind, flooding, earthquakes and more.

Over the weekend, a typhoon hit Taiwan and coastal China and it was one of the worst meteorological events in the history of the country.

Typhoon Soudelor ripped through the area and was responsible for nearly 20 deaths with winds that were clocked at 180 miles per hour at some points.

How powerful is that?

Well, let’s put it this way. It was enough to lift a Boeing 747 off the ground momentarily even though it was tethered at Taiwan’s Taipei Airport.

Yes, the plane was empty and parked, but that 747 still weighs 170 tons – some 340,000 pounds – and still the power of the wind whipping under its wings was enough to lift the plane.

Take a look at this unbelievable video as the event transpired at the airport.

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