just flew to Larnaca, Cyprus and back this weekend. We were coming from Beirut airport and were to land on rwy 04 at Larnaca, in the airbus A320 of Cyprus airways. The flight is only 20 minutes, so the aircraft doesn't climb more than 10 or 15000ft.
Here's the weird part. At the last stages of descent, we were at about 1000ft when I saw a strip of runway to the right of the aircraft. It was short, ends on the shore and looked more like a road. I remember clearly saying the myself "this can't be the runway because we are so off the center I would miss it even if I was in a Cessna!"
and all of a sudden, the plane engages into a descending 30' bank to the right at less than 1000ft, goes on with the bank, it isn't steep or rough, just firm and regular. It stays in the bank, yet is descending closer and closer to the ground. At one point, we were almost entering the threshold, the ground just a few feet below us, and the aircraft still engaged in the same bank. Just before we flew above the tarmac, the aircraft went smoothly to straight and level, exactly aligned at the center of the runway. Being a PPL myself, I was very surprised as to how late pilots are allowed to be unaligned with the center of the runway. It is the first time this happens to me, there was no base/final turn, just a smooth descending roll that ended exactly at the runway threshold center.
So there are no rules whatsover against that kind of landing?