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by Steven Jong, STC
The amateur video is terrifying: a Lufthansa Airbus 320 carrying 132 passengers attempts to land at Hamburg Airport during a storm. Powerful crosswinds force the plane to fly crabwise. As it straightens out just above the runway, the left wing dips sharply and hits the ground…
Fortunately, the pilots gunned the engines, got the plane back into the air, and landed on another runway. But the March 1, 2008 incident could easily have become a tragic accident.
Were the pilots at fault? Was the air traffic controller wrong to have cleared the plane for landing in such high winds?…