Pilots' skill captured in incredible footage as they land plane sideways in Storm Dennis
The incredible skill of two pilots who managed to land the world's largest passenger plane sideways was captured in dramatic footage over the weekend.
Per Sky News, the Etihad Airbus A380, which is flown by two pilots, can be seen appearing to hover just above the ground as it attempted to land on Saturday in the midst of Storm Dennis.
Powerful wind gusts of up to 50mph were recorded at London Heathrow airport on Saturday, causing numerous flights to be canceled.
However, the two pilots were reportedly able to land the huge 573,794kg aircraft in one attempt, carrying off a 'crab' landing - something Sky News describes as "a highly skilled manoeuvre where pilots fly the plane into the wind, perpendicular to the runway as they land."
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the threat of flooding still remains after Storm Dennis battered parts of the United Kingdom this weekend. More than 200 flood warnings are in place. Travel routes have also been disrupted as a result of the weather, with some train lines and A-roads closed or disrupted.
And per the Met Office, there is further heavy rain to come this week. Chief meteorologist Andy Page said;
"Further rain will arrive on Wednesday evening and this is likely to become prolonged and possibly heavy over areas of high ground. For example, there is a chance that 60mm of rain could fall in parts of south Wales over 24 hours. With the ground already saturated there is a chance of further flooding, members of the public should check their flood risk and stay up to date with flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales, SEPA, NI Direct and the Environment Agency.”
Storm Dennis hit the UK just days after Storm Ciara, making it the fourth named storm of the season, Sky News writes.