Landing A Plane Near A Super Typhoon Is Absolutely No Fun

You ever watch a professional airline pilot at work and think "Pfft, whatever, I could totally do that?" The answer is probably no, because sometimes you have to deal with super typhoons, and those are never fun.

This video comes to us from Taiwan, which was hammered by Super Typhoon Usagi this weekend along with China and the Philippines. The cameraperson captured two EVA Air jets attempting to land as it is hit by 33 mph wind gusts in the air and 48 mph wind gusts on the runway. It's crazy how much the planes get batted around by the storm winds.

Evidently, one of the planes is able to land safely, but the typhoon proved too perilous for the second plane and its pilot was forced to make another pass and try again. Some skilled flying in both instances for sure.


I'm just glad I wasn't on either plane. That couldn't have been much fun either.

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Lyle Petersminkle

So there's a lot of these videos floating around on the internet, so it's a somewhat common thing. Maybe not percentage wise, but I'm sure things like this happen enough times out of the year that people know about it. But why haven't the airnautical engineers devised something, or made the plane stronger to resist these kinds of winds? They've done it with bridges (like the Tacoma Narrows bridge) where they used to once fly all over in the wind, and now they are planted and firm. They should be doing this with planes too. Maybe making them out of heavier steel so they can withstand it better. I know it might cost a bit more to go up a gauge in thickness, or even two, but cost is not what we should be looking at. One of these days, a plane will crash in these conditions, and people will die horrible fiery deaths, and at that point no one will care about the money, just the tragic loss of life. They always say, prevention is better than reaction or treatment.