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World's Largest Airliner Struggles To Land In Crosswind (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Airbus A380 Landing.Airbus A380 Landing.

The world's largest passenger plane, an Emirates Airbus A380, struggled to make a landing against powerful crosswinds in Dusseldorf, Germany, over the weekend. The moment was caught on video (below) by YouTube user Cargospotter.

The video's poster said on his page: "All crosswind Landings are amazing but seeing an A380 fighting against the wind was something special. In addition to that the runway was very wet and the A380 touched down a little late."

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The A380 lands slightly crooked, but the pilot is able to straighten out the giant plane. By the time the A380 pulls off the runway, another plane has touched down.

According to Jalopnik.com, the A380's tail is almost 80 feet tall, has a maximum landing weight of 434 tons and requires 5,000 feet of runway to come to a safe stop.

The plane reportedly used almost all of a shorter runway — 8,859 feet — to slow down because the Dusseldorf airport is 147 feet above sea level.

Sources: Jalopnik.com, YouTube / Photo credit: YouTube/Cargospotter Screenshot