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A Pilot Explains Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared of Crazy Crosswind Landings

Published by Mike Arnot on The Points Guy

In your travels on the internet, you may have come across videos of seemingly crazy crosswind landings, like the one seen in the clip below shot in Birmingham, Great Britain.

The BHX airport is famed for its crosswind landing videos. AvGeeks regularly gather to shoot there on windy days. It looks terrifying — like a lot of those landings and takeoffs are perilously close to disaster — if not a very rough landing. Spoiler: They are not. And we’ll explain why.

“I’ve seen these videos, and sometimes non-aviation friends will tag me in them,” said Shannon Pereira, a Boston-based first officer with JetBlue.