Here's What An Intense Crosswind Can Do To A Boeing 777 Trying To Land [VIDEO]

The crew of an Emirates Boeing 777 had to divert to London’s Gatwick airport after they tried twice to land in a heavy crosswind at the flight’s destination, Birmingham.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association calls the crosswind landing “one of the trickiest skills to learn in flying.”

A video of the 777-300ER’s first attempted landing, posted to YouTube, shows how severely the plane was turned. You can see how off it is from the center of the runway — the correct procedure is to touch one set of tires down before the other, in a “slightly skewed alignment,” airline pilot Patrick Smith writes in his book “Cockpit Confidential.”

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The flight path of Emirates Flight 039, from FlightAware.com, shows the two aborted landings and the diversion to London:

And Birmingham Airport confirmed the flight gave up landing:

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