Different places on the internet say this pilot was landing in severe crosswind, others say he just wasn’t set up to land correctly. Either way, this is one impressive landing.

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You can’t trust comments on videos – people post assumptions even when they have no idea what they’re talking about… I recognize the clip. Believe it or not, it was a mid 90’s video of a normal landing at Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak Airport as the planes circumvented terrain and buildings. That was prior to opening of the new Hong Kong International Airport in 1998. It goes to show how badly that airport needed to be replaced due to its inadequacy for large airliners. It also shows how old this video is.

Thanks Ian!

I figured there was more to the story.

David

Agree with Ian. Kai Tak indeed had a late low turn (as you can see on numerous online videos,) but this guy did go a bit wide methinks. And, you can tell there isn’t a heavy crosswind by the windsock that appears at 0:04 as well as the tire smoke that doesn’t immediately blow to one side. Yes a crosswind, but not too bad of one.

Lucas Fernandes

Wow, that was – i guess – my first crosswind land that I saw many years ago. Incredible!

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