I flew DFW
on US Airways Express EMB-170 on Tuesday evening. We initially came in for a northern approach but then switched to a southern approach. Having landed at DCA
quite a number of times, I am very familiar with the typical use of the long runway at DCA
However, as we came over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, I noticed that we were paralleling the main runway instead of coming in for a straight approach. We passed the Southern end of the long runway only to bank left quite dramatically and then enter a steep descent onto one of shorter criss crossing runways.
The final approach and landing ended up being nerve wracking. Landing was very rough and the pilot hit the brakes, spoilers, and reverse thrusts with full force, causing items to fly forward in the cabin. Captain did not say anything during Taxi to indicate why we had engaged in such a small approach.
I have seen turboprops using these criss-cross runways, but never a regional jet.
What led to this odd landing? Or is this normal for US Airways Express.