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Nerve-Wracking Video Shows Plane Landing In Gusty Crosswind

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 28/03/2016 Suzy Strutner

You may feel some jostling in the skies, but don't fret: Your pilot (usually) knows what he's doing.

Those bumps and jolts were especially intense last week for a group of United Express passengers who experienced the landing of a lifetime in strong winds at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma. Watch as the seesawing plane nears the runway at a 45-degree angle: 

Landing a plane while battling the strong Oklahoma wind

Be careful when you're driving home! The winds are pretty strong today. This is video captured from Bob Moore Chopper 4 of a plane battling the Oklahoma wind.

Posted by KFOR-TV on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The pilot made what's known as a crosswinds landing, local news station KFOR reports. And while the touchdown may look dramatic, the maneuver is actually a routine part of pilot training. "All of our pilots are trained to land in heavy cross winds... This pilot did a great job," United told KFOR. 

Pilot Patrick Smith explained to The Huffington Post that planes are meant to land at an angle in heavy winds, so that they can stay upright despite gusty conditions. 

He's previously commented on videos like these, which tend to worry nervous fliers but are actually quite typical fare for pilots every day. 

Hats off to pilots for keeping their cool, even when we don't notice. 

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