Captivating Video: American Airlines 777 Pilot Bravely Confronts Storm Gerrit in Daring Landing

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.29 - 2023 8:33 AM CET

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American Airlines 777 Pilot Bravely Confronts Storm Gerrit in Daring Landing.

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In the midst of the Christmas holidays, the UK was grappling with the fierce winds of Storm Gerrit, bringing gales of up to 88mph and even a tornado.

Amidst this chaos, an American Airlines 777, on its journey from Los Angeles to London, faced a daunting challenge.

As the aircraft approached Heathrow Airport, it encountered severe crosswinds that tested the skills of even the most seasoned pilots.

Caught on Camera

The dramatic landing was captured live by Big Jet TV on X (formerly Twitter), showcasing the plane's struggle against the gusting winds right up to, and even after, touchdown.

The footage, now circulating online, highlights the intense moment the aircraft battled the elements, a scene that would have been nerve-wracking for any Non-Flying Pilot (NFP) on board.

Watch the crazy landing below

Passenger Reactions and Airline Responses

This incident echoes a similar situation earlier in the year, where passengers on a TUI flight from Tenerife to Manchester experienced a nightmare landing amidst severe winds.

The emotional impact was profound, with many passengers left sobbing in the aisles, fearing for their lives. In response to this traumatic experience, TUI offered counseling to those affected. Such incidents underscore the unpredictable nature of air travel, especially during extreme weather conditions.

Just a few days before this incident, another pilot had to attempt landing a plane during Storm Pia. Fortunately, this also ended well, but for a long time, it looked like it could result in an accident. See it in the article below.

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