Crosswind Landings at Birmingham Airport
It started with this video of an amazing crosswind landing at Birmingham Airport (formerly Birmingham International Airport). Birmingham Airport is 5.5 nautical miles (10 km, 6 miles) southeast of the city with a runway that runs north-west/south-east, which means that aircraft either take off or land directly over Birmingham.
What happens when 120 tonnes of landing Boeing 767 encounters severe turbulence just above the runway (15 at BHX).
The flexing wings are a good indication of the blustery conditions – crosswind gusting 35 knots perpendicular to runway.
Just watch the wheels bouncing in all directions under the shear forces. Very reassuring that the undercarriage can take this sort of punishment without blowing itself to pieces.
Keep an eye on the trees in the background at 0:25 and you can see how the wind is blowing.
I showed it to Anna, who is the one who posts all the amazing links to the Fear of Landing Facebook page, and she pointed out that there was an excellent compilation video of crosswind landings at Birmingham over the last winter, which was particularly harsh with gusty winds.
Some landing and take-off highlights in awkward wind conditions at BHX this winter (a record winter for stormy conditions in the UK). Note the frequent flexing of the planes’ wings in response to the turbulence.
Of the five “missed approaches” shown, three diverted to other airports, two were “go arounds” and landed successfully on second attempt.
Watching these made me feel quite relieved that I’m just a fair-weather pilot… and that I have no reason to fly into Birmingham!
These landings are truly Kai Tak-worthy!