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Pilot pulls off incredible sideways landing

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Francesca Street, CNN • Updated 19th October 2018

(CNN) — Ever been in an airplane that’s landed sideways? Probably not given that it’s a very tricky maneuver to pull off.

That didn’t stop a TUI Boeing 757-200 make an incredible dramatic landing at Bristol Airport, in the UK, last week.

Storm Callum brought challenging high winds and stormy weather to parts of Britain last week — so the aircraft’s skilled pilot, Captain Brenda Riepsaame Wassink, had to go to extreme lengths to ensure safe landing.

The pilot used a technique called crabbing to ground the plane, angling the nose of the plane into the wind until right before it touched down on the tarmac, whereupon it swiftly turned to glide down the runway. It’s a technique pilots learn even before they get their first license but increases in difficulty with wind speed.

During the maneuver, the airplane’s wings can be seen flexing up and down as they’re buffeted by the storm’s powerful gusts.

A pilot landing into Bristol Airport in the UK managed to coordinate a sideways landing.

A pilot landing into Bristol Airport in the UK managed to coordinate a sideways landing.

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“We’re very proud of TUI Airways Captain Brenda Riepsaame Wassink,” the airline said in a statement. It said the landing in adverse weather conditions showcased “how highly skilled and well trained our TUI Airways pilots are.”

Wassink, 35, joined TUI in 2005, becoming a captain in 2017. She was piloting flight TOM6561 from Menorca, Spain, to Bristol when she completed her landing.

UK-based YouTuber MrAviationGuy, known for his plane-spotting videos, captured footage as the Boeing 757-200 landed smoothly and also recorded other planes trying and failing to land successfully.
The TUI flight’s audacious landing will no doubt help Bristol Airport maintain the impressive statistics for punctuality which in 2015 saw it as one of the world’s best for time keeping.

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