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Low level wind shear has been the cause of many accidents, some of them catastrophic, but a British Airways 787 crew muscled out of a pretty nasty example during a storm in the U.K. on Friday.  The wind on the nose goes away briefly when the big Boeing is in the flare. Note the full  deflection of the elevator as the bottom drops out about 20 feet above the runway. Everyone aboard would have noticed the abrupt encounter with the concrete but the firewalled engines finished the successful save. Winds were reportedly gusting up to 60 knots at the time.

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Comments (6)

Neatly handled!

Posted by: Michael Houghton | February 11, 2019 7:07 AM    Report this comment

Nice job! I puckered up just watch!

Posted by: Kenneth Sabel | February 11, 2019 8:03 AM    Report this comment

great save...however, why are they even attempting to land in such hazardous conditions?

Posted by: Richard Katz | February 11, 2019 9:11 AM    Report this comment

Nice recovery in spite of the heavy hit that flexed the wings, unlocked the overhead bins, and floored any passengers who was not seated who probably ignored the fasten seat-belt sign, did not have the tray tables stowed, and their seats in an upright position.

Another demonstration of pilots doing their best to conform to schedules, airline demands with their associated operation costs, providing passengers with all weather capability, flying no matter if the winds are approaching hurricane force.

Another You Tube video confirming " we will get you there no matter what". I wonder how many go arounds had to be performed to "get them there".

Posted by: Jim Holdeman | February 11, 2019 10:10 AM    Report this comment

My guess Mr Holdeman is you prefer the train?

Posted by: Thomas Ibach | February 11, 2019 5:17 PM    Report this comment

Mr Ibach,
Assuming a departure and arrival point served by a train, in this particular case, yes, definitely a train.

Based on current airline required performance demands for on-time arrivals, crew scheduling, crew performance, profits/losses, maintenance, ROI's other words "get there-itus" under all circumstances, as a passenger, I think it would be wise to check the weather at my destination for possible consideration of an alternate means of travel or cancellation of the trip.

It is obvious that most airlines are going to attempt a landing in hurricane force winds, thunderstorm activity, compromised runway conditions, with or without fully operational navaids, whatever, for the sake of the almighty buck. The passengers behind the crew simply has no choice but to accept those decisions once on-board. However, they or in this case I, have a choice prior to boarding to make an informed decision whether I want to participate in those risks.

These pilots performed at their peak, and the airplane performed at its peak. How many times can this performance be repeated? Just because one can...and got away with it, does not mean we should... over and over again.

Who defines the limitations? Most of the time the airline and the airplane manufacturer, sometimes the crew, and a few times an airplane is destroyed and people are scattered into eternity because the decisions and subsequent performance was sub-par for the overwhelming circumstances.

Personally, I am not comfortable participating with this ever growing herd mentality of accepting these kinds of risks with full expectations of a safe arrival no matter what is thrown at the crew or airplane.

In spite of the amazing on-time, almost all weather performances, even with the over-all safety record, airlines, airliners, and the folks that fly them are not infallible. This You Tube video and a myriad of others demonstrate a decline in good decision-making regardless of the motivations involved.

Posted by: Jim Holdeman | February 12, 2019 11:14 AM    Report this comment

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