WATCH: World's Biggest Commercial Jet Lands In Crosswind
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It was wet and it was windy in Dusseldorf, Germany on Sunday, and that made for some harrowing conditions in which to land a plane.
That includes the world’s largest commercial passenger airliner, the Airbus A380.
Emirates Airlines was using the A380 on a flight from Dubai to Dusseldorf when the weather struck. The website FlightClub noted that the plane not only had to fight off the wind, but because it did so it touched down later than normal on the runway. To that end, it appears the plane uses almost the entire 8,859 feet of the runway at Dusseldorf.
FlightClub also noted that if the assumption is that the plane is fully loaded to its maximum landing weight, it is carrying more than 868,000 pounds.
All in all, it makes for an astonishing and fascinating look at not only the mechanics of landing the plane, not only the skill needed to make such maneuvers by the trained pilots, but just how powerful Mother Nature can really be.
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