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Boeing 777 landing Birmingham: 3 airport landing attempts in storm terrifying

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One Boeing 777 landing at the Birmingham Airport in the UK during a storm sickened passengers Thursday. After the pilot of an Emirates Boeing 777 had three failed attempts at landing the 300-passenger airliner in heavy crosswinds, he was redirected to another airport due a raging UK storm. The video of the crosswinds landing has since gone viral, according to a Dec. 7 Gizmodo report.

What do a Boeing 777 landing, Birmingham Airport, and crosswinds have in common? According to the passengers aboard the commercial aircraft, the experience caused many of them to just say "no" to board an aircraft in the future.

Check out video above of "Scary Crosswind Landings at Düsseldorf Airport"

A Boeing 777 commercial jet departed Dubai earlier and was attempting to land at the Birmingham Airport. At the time, the entire region was under a storm threat. High winds and heavy flooding left at least 3 dead in the wake of the storm.

The pilot, like many before him, was attempting a common landing routine called, "crabbing." Essentially, it's a maneuver pilots are trained to use when landing planes in crosswinds.

Long story short, it calls for the pilot to steer the aircraft off-center, some 20 degrees or so, into the crosswinds and use the rudder to make a last second shift to center on touchdown.

Obviously, it requires a lot of skill and things can go wrong, especially if the winds are too heavy or the pilot and air traffic control tower officials miscalculated.

The Boeing 777 landing at Birmingham Airport is has some semblance of that, according to sources.

Reportedly, the large jet can withstand up to 70 km/h winds. However, the winds on the airstrip were clocked at 80 km/h.

Thankfully, all ended well, barring several reports of passengers losing their lunches as the plane struggled to land.

One woman opposite me started throwing up after the 2nd attempt in landing," said passenger, Kevon Miller, on his Twitter account.

The struggling aircraft was safely guided to Gatwick Airport nearby.

Although the "Boeing 777 landing Birmingham" story is worth gasping over, other planes encountered the same crosswinds that day and managed to set down on the tarmac without incident.


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