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This month of November had been really good for us spotters, with so many different things coming by!! Not being a different A/C, this one deserved some attention... These pilots were caught in some wind shear, and it was really close to total disaster, since the wing almost touched the ground! You can also see the stress in main landing gear... At that time, there were gusts up to 44 knots of crosswind, and heavy turbulence was reported! I'm glad that everything ended up well.. [Canon 40D + Sigma 120-400
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    Paulo Santos
    SATA International
    Airbus A310-325/ET
    Airbus A310
    Airbus A310
    Airbus
    624
    CS-TKN
    Lajes (Terceira Island - Lajes) (BA4)
    Azores
    Portugal
    November 20, 2009
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Comments (378)

Anonymous
7 years ago
Good job!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Well done to the pilots!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great Moment! Great Photo! 5*
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow nice capture...one of the best at A.net
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is one of the most spectacular photos I've seen in airliners.net. The photo was taken in the right momment and it's very clear the adverse conditions that the aircraft faced. 5 stars photo. Fantastic job!
Nuno Faria
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow wouldnt like to be on there
Anonymous
7 years ago
Whooooouuuu!!!It must hurt! That
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is spectacular and dramatic, I gave you five stars.
Anonymous
7 years ago
All I can say is WOW!! If I was either of the pilots, or a passsenger on that flight, I'd most assuredly have checked the back end of my pants for any deposits that I may have left there. This photo is worth 100 stars easily...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow no comments yet? amazing capture, the F/Os holdin on fro dear life!. i can imagine the passengers squeeling too
Anonymous
7 years ago
Damn... That reminds me of what happened at HAM some time ago... Great shot though!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy crap!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The fact that Paolo managed to catch the shot at that exact moment is, to me testament of a great photographer
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow; that's what crosswind can do? or is it also the pilot?
Anonymous
7 years ago
What an amazing catch! Yash
Anonymous
7 years ago
I would love to see video of this. Nice capture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Definetely a great catch on the right moment Paulo!
Rui Sousa, Madeira Spotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
Oh boy! I think I see a contender for top of the past 365 coming up the ranks.
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW, they go around or landed? Amazing pic and timing.. very good for pilots to keep control of situation!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is ridiculous! Great timing and glad they managed to get it down safely!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unbelievable!!! Fantastic !!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Right place, right time, right... finish.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a fantastic Shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The right time and the right spot! But it looks to me like the outboard "canoe" did touch the ground.
- rsa
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulations on not only a great moment, but just a great photo - lighting and detail is lovely! I really like the compression of the main gear tires as well.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing ! 5 stars !!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome, glad it ended well.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Moment of truth.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unique pic on a.net! Congrats
Anonymous
7 years ago
I just can't see how the pilots managed to right the plane and land it safely. Amazing capture and chapeau to the pilots!
Anonymous
7 years ago
One of the best I've ever seen
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply amazing, the stress in the MLG is clear to see
Anonymous
7 years ago
A great shot from 1 of the best in Portugal!!!

S
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Outstanding!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unlucky pilots + Lucky Spotter = Top of the year on A.net!! Congratulations. Good photographer!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Excellent shot! The timing is unique. I believe that must be one of the most impressive photos concerning wind shear.
Anonymous
7 years ago
My first reaction when I saw this picture was "Holy ...!" Without reading the picture comments, I would of thought this landing ended in an accident. Job well done to the crew for maintaining control of the aircraft. Amazing shot by the photographer.
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOw....should be 5 stars...incredible shot
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I have never seen anything like it! What perfect timing from Paulo. 5 star photo if I ever saw one! CJB
Anonymous
7 years ago
Rare to take pics like these
Anonymous
7 years ago
Is that a tri-colored VASI?

Great picture
Anonymous
7 years ago
There's no doubt that it was a PUURRFECT timing to catch such a breath taking moment. You can even feel frightened by seeing this bird comin right at you!
Congratulations Paulo, gotta be the best pic on A.net
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy cow!!! Great photo of the heat of the moment there!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Shoo, that was a close one
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hi Paulo, your work is fantastic, you take amazing pictures among time and this one is your OSCAR!
Congratulations for your work and to sahre with all of us!
Filipe Pires
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is a truly breathtaking photo! I can't even imagine of how much stress that RH MLG suffered on the touchdown. Doubtless, one of the best photos in A.net. Congrats Paulo! Allen Azevedo
Anonymous
7 years ago
Truly amazing shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
They say flying is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror. I guess this was a "1%" moment...

Great photo!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WUUA! No words! Breathtaking pic! Congrats for the spotter and also for the great crew of this A310!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yikes!!! unexpected, brilliant shot!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible ! Great shot !
Anonymous
7 years ago
What perfect timing, not very often that a picture makes me feel nervous.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is the craziest landing I have seen!
Anonymous
7 years ago
You have reached the peak! Many Congratulations Paulo! With this great photo assert your status and great perseverance in being always on top of it, rain or shine, be it a fly or a heavy! So it gives joy and pleasure of photographing the "Fabulous Lajes Vegas" action! Keep them comming! ;)

Lino Borges - Azores Spotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
"My first reaction when I saw this picture was 'Holy ...!'"

As was mine, to the letter! :D Outstanding photo in every right, Paulo...this is a five-star capture by all means! Even better that everything came out well for the plane and everyone on board. Amazing shot, never saw anything like that when I passed through Lajes! Jaysen F. Snow - Midwest Tail Chasers
Anonymous
7 years ago
I must say, if i was taking that photo....i would have needed some new underpants!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW that landing gear is under some serious stress!! I wonder if they had to inspect it?
Anonymous
7 years ago
You can see the first officer's hand reaching up and grabbing the handle to brace for impact. 5*
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo!!! Not to mention the aircraft looks like its headed for you!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just awesome picture despite of the situation for the crew
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks god that aircraft ends up well
Anonymous
7 years ago
I am very happy all passengers after this felight was good
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulation for such a great picture. best one I've seen so far.glad it did not finish in disaster.
two thumbs up.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow what a Catch!! glad it was a safe landing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Boomps-a-daisy
Anonymous
7 years ago
The best example of a classic Chinese "One Wing Lo" landing I ever saw. A definite Pucker Factor 10. Good pilot skills saved the day. I bet even the flight computer wet itself.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This must be the most exciting safe landing ever!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow, wished i was there to see this. Glad that everything ended well. Keep em coming Paulo!

Regards
Krishley.G.D.Purmanun (PiloteAlpha)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Oh my GOD!!! What I want to know is.... WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?!!! How did they get from this to actually landing?! Incredible shot...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Must be quite the crosswind if it requires that much bank AND crab.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unbelievable shot, Will definitely be one of the all time favorites on Anet before long. Lots of detail, such as the co-pilot bracing himself with his left arm for............
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's so great!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Perfect timing and light. Congrats Paulo! A bit of luck was there for the crew, as such a situation may quickly become uncontrollable. Patrick.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I don't know who to congratulate here, the pilots or the photographer?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great stuff! This is what I'd like to see on A.net!! Action! (instead of fisheye photos of backs of seats and airplane toilets.) Well done.
Anonymous
7 years ago
If this doesn't make top photo of 2009, I dont know what will. You could probably sell this picture. Awesome job!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The freak! hope this was a cargo plane!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I don't know about you guys but I would be thinking right about now... "whats the best way to sprint? left or right?!!!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
And the picture quality is great too! Increivel! 5 stars from Mat
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just an incredible shot!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply an amazing photo, well done! Your ability in staying composed to capture this is shot whilst this was happening is a credit to you.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is quite possibly the best photo that will ever appear on A.net. I image there weren't just skidmarks on the tarmac for this landing - It's a pity you can't award 6 stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Superb.... think i can hear the words "oh s*@t"... brilliant...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simplu unbelievable - amazing shot!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very good pilots =)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow almost like hamburg
Anonymous
7 years ago
One in a million....scary landing!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply stunning Paulo, best capture I've ever seen on A.Net thanks for sharing it with us
Anonymous
7 years ago
Oh my God!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW what some lucky guys ! Azores will be ever so dangerous during Autumn-Winter season !
Anonymous
7 years ago
One of the most spectacular picture wich i have ever seen
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulations! Paulo, you get that lucky Shot.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congrets with this photo Paulo! This is a dreampicture for every spotter! Five stars cause I could't find more, what a shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'm a big Airliners.net fan and I've never posted before but this photo is just spectacular!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very impressive shot! Congrats for the catch!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply gosh
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing snapshot ! Great ... ! Words fail me... 5 stars !!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I can just join in on what all the others already wrote. Look how the F/O is holding on.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a shot ! Incredible this landing end well !!!
Congratulations for the pilot too. 5 stars for Paulo. Unique timing for this shot
Anonymous
7 years ago
I cannot find words. One of the best I've ever seen.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing shot
Anonymous
7 years ago
Buffffffffffffffffffffff, terrifying..........
Anonymous
7 years ago
SPECTACULAR would be an understatement! The best landing shot on airliners.net, or the entire internet for that matter. Congratulations Paulo.
Regards from AKL, NZ.






















Anonymous
7 years ago
Unbelievable shot ! Congratulations ! You 've catched the decissive moment !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing picture!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Rescpect for the pilots and the photographer! 5 stars
Anonymous
7 years ago
You can see the Co-Pilots Arm Holding the top of the roof in anticipation...gosh really must have been bad...Great Capture
Anonymous
7 years ago
Stunning photography Paulo, very well done, you were in the right place at the right time.
I am so glad it was no more then a bad landing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy sh*t! That was an absolute close one. It definitely reminds me of that LH A320 in Hamburg some time ago.
It's probably a once in a lifetime chance to see something like that. But you not only saw it, but also had your camera ready and made this absolutely incredible, perfect photo.
Wow! 5 Stars plus! At least...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Tops everything I've ever seen... and I've seen a few things.... great crew..SATA.. super spotter, great shot... Congrats Paulo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congrats Paulo! Thats Just the Most outstanding Landing that i've Ever Seen! One of The best photographer, if not the best in Portugal! Fábio Pinheiro.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A.W.E.S.O.M.E. The beauty and dangerours weahter from Azores with a beauty machine gave us this amazing shot. Congrats Paulo
Anonymous
7 years ago
No words to describe this!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
God bless all of you guys, passenger and crews!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Well done!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unbeliveable!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The best..... Crew...SATA... and photographer...PAULO!!!!!!!
Love you ...DAD!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Superb!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very timely man
Anonymous
7 years ago
Its awesome !! look at the copilot
Anonymous
7 years ago
I wonder if there was any damage to the landing gear.
Anonymous
7 years ago
5* Paulo, nice reward for your work.
Definitely, my PHOTOGRAPHERS' CHOICE Vote!
Cheers,Rui Alves - Madeira Spotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
5 stars!!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Good work in the cockpit and outside the perimeter
Anonymous
7 years ago
I have no words! Just amazing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Extremely sharp, awesome timing
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks for this absolutely spectacular picture of this almost illfated windshear landing. It shows that the pilots of TKN were properly trained professionals, that the aircraft structure was appropriately designed, and that we all in this industry truly have to "expect the unexpected"! Lovely picture!! Obrigado for sharing it with us!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just A M A Z I N G ! You can see the stress on the right engine, right bellow the wing.

My congrats!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Cool Photot, but why are the 1000 fts and 4000fts Marker visible in this perspective??
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing shot, amazing plane, and amazing pilots... definately 5*!!
Good job on this one!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Maama mia !!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think the First Officer crapped his pants.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Whoops!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Top of 2k9! Landing in Lufthansa style as in Hamburg one year ago ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
***** Unbelievable! *****
R.N.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just amazing... 5 stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Because the picture is taken from way far away so the juxtaposition is confusing but 100% legitimate. Look at the F/O grabbing the "oh s***!" handle! 5*****
Anonymous
7 years ago
Man! All went well for you also!
Five star photo!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fantastic capture! Those guys are really earning their money. Just shows our small and pathetic we are when Nature steps and shows whose in charge. Puny humans in their flying tubes! One of my favorite planes as well. Gosh Im sure with each hairy landing airline crews all over must think "Im so gonna end up on airliners.net!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing once in a lifetime shot! You are lucky to have been in the right place at the right moment to capture this.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow ... Amazing shot , Glad that everything ended well , congrats.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sharp shot!
The number of views is just incredible.. almost 90.00 in a bit over a day...!
Anonymous
7 years ago
TeeeeeerifYing for the people in the plain and pure insanity for the spoter in the place he was.....
Congratulations
Parabens
Anonymous
7 years ago
We can see the FO's arm is up in front of the windscreen and bracing for the landing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fantastic photo! Just wondered if the photographer was ready to make a run to escape if everything went wrong!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This picture shows why in aviation it is always best to be prepared
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulations for having been able to capture that precise moment. Very good picture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks to everyone that left a comment in my picture!
I'm kind of sad to think that there are people who actually think that this picture was "photoshoped". Well, let me say that it WASN'T! This actually did happened, and I'm sorry that some of you are too jealous of someone else's work ;)
This was taken at F/9, 1/500" and 400mm! The only reason I find to explain the lack of the rudder and other parts is that they where caught in surprise, and at the time of the shoot, they didn't even had the time to correct it....
If you still don't believe me, send me an e-mail and I'll show you the sequence :)
Thanks once again to all the other guys
Paulo Santos - Portugal Spotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
100,000+ views in 24 hours! bravo!
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Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply breathtaking! Can you imagine the sound inside the cabin!?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Heck oh hell, that is one of the best photos I have ever seen in my 10 years of perusing this site. It will take its place in the best ever photos section for sure. Congratulatios to you Paulo and to the flight crew for avoiding certain disaster. Matthew.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fantastic Shooting Paulo!
Like I said, you were able to make a GREAT photo on the right moment!
Don't mind any other comments about photoshoping...it's obviously people that don't know your pics!
Keep up,
Rui Sousa, Madeira Spotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing! Right place at the right time. And 100,000 views in 1 day is pretty neat.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Oh S***!!!!!! Thats unbelievable!!! Definetly once in a lifetime shot!!!!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think we have just looked at what will be the highest ever viewed picture on airliners.net, congratulations on a fantastic shot - Gary777
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fantastic shot...nothing more to say!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The only thing i want to say about this picture the grat timing of photo shot and and agle of shot.This picture it self telling the perfection and hard work of a photographer and i would say that it means a good work always show its picture it self.No one always have a good word for it.It tells its story it self.so Mr Paulo Santos keep it up and let them say who want to say bad for you don't stop your great work man keep it up.and good a head roger.over and out
Anonymous
7 years ago
For all the nay-sayers--looks pretty real to me! MD-11, C-17 pilot
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing. It just reminds you of all the hard work they put into building the landing gear ;)
Anonymous
7 years ago
I don't know how your pictures but this one is one great picture. Habib
Anonymous
7 years ago
I`m sure the crew had wet pants all around after this, its skills or tons of luck!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I recently flew JNB-DUR on a 738 and we aborted our landing and returned to JNB due to 45 knot gusts across a wet runway. Looking at this I am glad we aborted!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great actionshot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Superb capture showing the drama of when things "nearly" go terribly wrong. Good skill by the crew resulted in a safe ending.
Anonymous
7 years ago
You were definitely in the right place at the right time. This photo reminds me of the famous video of the Korean Air Lines 747 landing at a very cross-windy Kai Tak airport. Excellent work Paulo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing skills from the crew and the photographer. I can't wait to see the full size images of the rest of the sequence. From the small ones I have seen it is clear that the port side main gear slammed down very hard indeed in the moments after this shot.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Absolutely stunning. Great capture!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This photo is really no comments! Absolutely surreal, it truly speaks for itself. Congrats
Anonymous
7 years ago
Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Great job by the crew.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow, what a amazing shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I don't find it so much as anyone being jealous, when you almost witnessed a disaster. And is not work, is only a hobby which we all enjoy and this time it was the crew who got lucky. You just happened to be there to capture it. Great shot BTW. Cheers.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is the time when we separate the men from the boy...Great Work by Crew and Photoguy...Cheers my Friend Paulo...JanetFlight;)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Whoa!!! incredible moment to see, but to capture!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'm sure someone will question the crew about this landing... Great shot.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Another 5 (five) starts from me...!!! Great job my everyone.!! Congrats Paulo
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Excellent Photo!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great light!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply stunning.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Whoa there big boy!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Perspective, sense of being out of control. Also just a very clear picture from an optics standpoint.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Talk about your heart skipping a beat, look at the side load on those tires!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice landing !!!!!! I wish I could have done that and lived to tell the tale
Anonymous
7 years ago
Kudos to Airbus, the gear was able to withstand such force upon landing, I doubt it was even possible for them to simulate this scenario during certification, yet the plane landed and stopped safely.
Anonymous
7 years ago
That nose couldn't be more off centre, must've been a huge x-wind...
Anonymous
7 years ago
It seems these people are inches away from a crash. The wing is inches off the ground and the angle probably can't be any more acute without things going awry.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Lucky pilots and pax. Had the gust gone a few knots stronger, perhaps the outcome of this shot would be very different.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I've been through Lajes a bunch. The winds there are nothing to mess with. This is such a well timed capture. I looked up into the cockpit expecting to see the whites of the pilots huge eyes!
Anonymous
7 years ago
My bet is that even the guys in the cockpit wuold be amazed with this shot. 5*
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great skill... very good picture. Paulo Santos congratulations for this moment.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'll be landing at this airport on Dec 16th... look me up, and please get the wind to be calm that day...! Very nice..! Thank you for sharing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful capture! I love the detail in the photo - I only wish that the resolution would be greater so that I could get a better look at the pilots. The only thing better than this photo would likely be the expression on their faces! Brilliant capture - 5 stars.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great shot, makes me wonder how it looked when I arrived in EIN almost four years ago. That day the wind was so heavy that there was no public transport anymore all throughout Holland and I had to wait until after midnight for someone to come and pick me up at the airport. The landing at that time felt quite wild, but it was already dark, and I have not seen how it went, but if I see this, that's maybe for the better.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I've browsed Anet for years and I never bothered to write any comments before but seriously, this one's insane! Maybe the best I've seen here! Congrats Paulo. What a shame we can't give you 6*.... make it 10!!! -Bruno
Anonymous
7 years ago
Had that wing touched the ground, the photographer was history too. Amazing picture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulation on this capture, I'm sure this shot will go down in history along with the video of the Lufthansa A320 as the textbook examples of extreme crosswind landing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I have flown to Lajes before, and I am a Flight Safety Officer. This photo will join my lesson plan on windshear, with credit. Great photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful instant catched and pictures quality!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is a truly dramatic shot. it's not often you see a near disaster like this - and manage to take a good quality picture. it says something about the strength of airbus undercarriages.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice, perfect moment
Anonymous
7 years ago
I saw this from the military side of the ramp. Myself, along with the rest of my crew, thought were were seeing a crash in progress. Needless to say, we were completely astounded they managed to pull this off without bending metal. This is an incredible photo and I can't wait to see the rest of the series.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Can't you feel the action?! Breathtaking pic! 5 stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very good shot, congratulations!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Near crash
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing shot
abc GP
Anonymous
7 years ago
Good job!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing ! Those pilots did earn their pay !
And the photographer, Paulo our congratulations for a job well done.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing. possibly the best aviation picture...ever!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great skills? Earned their pay? I guarantee the Captain had to talk to management at the company about this landing--it probably wasn't a positive conversation... Finally, never trade luck for skill. MD-11, C-17 pilot (again)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Isn't that the 1st officer's hand in the window, as if he's holding onto a handle or shielding his face for impact...?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Astonishing!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Not often this happens and especially you can shot it
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing shot

Pierre
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hi Paulo, Great Photo... Congratulations my friend...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible!
Anonymous
7 years ago
5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just WOW!!!!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Only five stars? .....ten stars for this amazing photo
Anonymous
7 years ago
A superb job by both pilots and photographer.

Peter
Anonymous
7 years ago
How can I make this my desktop picture?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Once in a lifetime.. Hats off !!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wonder how much rudder he had to push to correct the crab
Anonymous
6 years ago
One of the most fantastic pictures that i ever Seen.

serious candidate to Photo of the year 2009.

Good job Paulo Santos.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow -- your skill as a photographer sure came in handy! There was *way* more than just luck involved here. Great shot in every way, and great job keeping your cool to get it. I hope you will share the whole sequence.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is an awesome photo. Top job by the pilots.
I agree this deserves 10 stars to the photographer and the pilots.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I don't understand the comments that are complementing the crew for "superior piloting" or "earning their pay". This is a botched landing and is a sign of reckless flying, not skill.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing!!!

Thanks!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Lajes...
Excellent photo,
Congratulations Paulo!
Abra
Anonymous
6 years ago
Best photo 2009 for sure!!!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Holy....You kept there making photos, I would have ducked and covered ;) Remind me a bit on the Lufthansa scene in Hamburg this year
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow... Yep - "Holy S...!!!"
Anonymous
6 years ago
Cought the moment, that is being a photographer !

Greetings from Argentina
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantastic action caught on camera
Anonymous
6 years ago
New fast exit technique: looks like they are heading straight for the taxiway and will be docking in no time so passengers can get on with their business!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing photo.It landed or it was go around?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great capture of great moment.. Who is control.. I believe the captain..
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is what happens when you mix flying skill, weather factors and a talented photographer. I can only imaging how it would have felt for the passengers specially on the left side and the pilot flying, what a moment!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Only 5 star .. bravo..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Hope they checked the gears after they stopped
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing Photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
Picture of the year 2009: Amazing!
Anonymous
6 years ago
2009 best photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Is that the First Officer's hand/arm up against the flightdeck ceiling? Probably bracing himself for impact!!! Great shot. Glad I wasn't the pilot on this one.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantastic and lucky shoot....but good and solid plane this A 310 !!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
If a crosswind has you crabing that much, I think its safe to say you should have chose a different runway. Nice shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Holly Cow!!
Now that's a good way to scare the passegers.
You know a good thrill at the end.
P/A: Ladies and gentlemen as you may notice we are about to reach the terminal, but those on the right side may want to go to the lavatory room first.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wonderful
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice shot. Lousy landing.

Maint. Log Entry; R. Winglet - ground contact, R. Aileron - inspection req'd, Rudder Limiter - inspection req'd, R. Main Gear Truck - hard landing inspection req'd, F/O Seatcushion - replace.

Capt. XXX; Please stop by the Chief Pilot's Office at your earliest convenience to schedule your re-training visit. You have been placed on tracking until further notice. Sincerely, Capt. YYY
Anonymous
6 years ago
Right place, right time, great shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Congratulations Paulo.
Spectacular and very dramatic moment.
Thankfully everything ended well.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Foto, right place and angle.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wonder what was going through the minds of people on board, pilots, and passengers.
Anonymous
6 years ago
AMAZING SHOT
Anonymous
6 years ago
One of the best shots ever seen.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Best photo on a.net *fullstop*.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thats a pretty amazing shot:)
Anonymous
6 years ago
You only have one time to do this
With art,feeling,risc and knowing of photography
Best photo i ever see
Armando Matos
Anonymous
6 years ago
Don´t know what to say..... no words can even come close to waht I´m feling right now..... super shot Paulo...
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thank you for sharing this.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wonder what pilots has thought...I can bet that after that landing they've left plane with few new greay hairs :) Really GREAT shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great catch. The timing of the shot and the focus are perfect.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Super PHOTO!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Close Call!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Holy smokes! That was close!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Omg! that was a close call if ever ive seen one
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing shooting btw
Anonymous
6 years ago
Oh my God, too dangerous!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Remarkable timing to capture this event. The stress on the structure and the crew can almost be seen.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow, I wish someone had a video of this! Almost unbelievable!
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is something you don´t see often. And no full rudder to the left ??
Anonymous
6 years ago
Only 5 stars????? not enough for this AWESOME photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a close call!
Anonymous
6 years ago
RUN ! ! ! It's coming towards !

Great Picture Paulo Santos... 5 stars!
Anonymous
6 years ago
One only time......
A.M.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice picture!
Anonymous
6 years ago
By the way, Mr Santos ... whatta dangerous place you were!! wheew.. you deserve 7 stars for sure!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
Seems kind of odd that there is no visible control input!?!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Incredible photo!!! thank you
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just amazing!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent Photo! Most of the other comments sum it up but gusts of 45kts doesnt sound possible to lift an aircraft of this size! Guess it must have just got under the wing.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just amazing!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow! An amazing shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wholy smokes!! That must of been close,, I am sure that plane was grounded for a bit. look at all of the stress on the main.
Anonymous
6 years ago
One only time Amazing!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Unbelivable shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent !
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great picture with perfect timing, but just a 2 things.

A wing toughing the ground does not mean total disaster.

A crosswind landing does not mean a heavy landing, no biggie, just looks dramatic.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Don't show this Your mom or she will never let You fly again ... phew ... never underestimate the windshear
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing catch!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Dangerously!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Capturing just that moment along with the wet runway and very few visual distractions in the picture.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Photog was definitely in the right place at the right time.....
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good pic, but 44 knots of crosswind and the grass is 90
Anonymous
6 years ago
Expectacular very good picture
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good pose
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good..
Anonymous
6 years ago
One of the very best photos on A.net. I can't see any rudder deflection and with the FO's arm grabbing the "Oh Sh**!" handle it looks like Lady Luck landed this one. The decision to land has to be in question. What's the xwind limit on an A310?
Anonymous
6 years ago
That right-main outboard tire looks WAY under stress. Great job keeping her steady enough for all to walk away, but possibly not the best idea landing in greatly changing conditions. Should have went to alternate instead of risking injury.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great respect for the gear engineers. They've done their work.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Close call, i bet the passengers wet their pants
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Shot!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Looks like the First Officer is bracing for impact! LOL. Great shot btw
Anonymous
6 years ago
Why should anyone attempt to land in 44 kt crosswind?? It's bound to encounter some serious wind shear.. Not good airmanship..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing shot, right place right time & great shot
Anonymous
6 years ago
There are several fantastic details caught in this photo. The strain on the wheels is impressive and shows what they can take. All the weight of the plane seems to be on that one wheel! The light and its reflection on the wet runway... Truly a once-in-a-lifetime pic! And not to be looked over is the pilots' skills in addressing such a critical situation.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just imagine reaction of passengers?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantastic shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Five stars! Congratulations on a great shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Absolutely brilliant stuff, hats off to the photographer & crew. Though i think this was also caught on video from a different angle
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing photo!
Anonymous
6 years ago
The first thing I thought was drop the camera and run for cover. This moment leaves so much to stimulate the viewers imagination. What hospital is the photographer in?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good quality tyres !!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
How fun would it be to be on that flight.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very nice pic!!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Goodyear could make an ad campaign around this type of picture
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very nice!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Amazing!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great photo, 5 stars.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great Timing ! kudos
Anonymous
5 years ago
RUN !!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Just imagine the faces of the "happy" passengers inside :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
The perfect timming... location... shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is an excellent image- a wonderfully shot photo that captures a rare and very dramatic moment during a landing in bad weather.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Superb catch! Congratulations!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Well done mates.. Cheers
Anonymous
5 years ago
No Words... Just Fantastic shoot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome shot !
Anonymous
5 years ago
The pilot used be a WRC driver...
Nice active shoot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Yep, serious skills.
breathtaking photo, congratulations
Anonymous
5 years ago
Amazing!
First, I tought it was Photoshop. But, not at the Arliners.net.
Truly amazing shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
The pilot seems to be a player of MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X!!!...... ;)
And imagine the faces of the passengers.....
Anonymous
5 years ago
5 stars.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Yikes!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Now that's how airplanes are landed in Azores! Belive it or not I saw a picture of a USAF DC-10 landing in a very similar way in the same runway, at Lajes Airport.
Anonymous
5 years ago
GREAT MOMENT.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice timing
Anonymous
5 years ago
Free Trip to DisneyLand or to Six Flags guaranteed!.

real great job by the pilot to have pulled this off. Imagine him in a C-5. Outstanding. Better still IL-76. Guess this is the kind of bravery which keeps people flying(or off it)!.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great attention to details, a very good position, perfect timing and a superb explanation.
Anonymous
5 years ago
THIS IS VERY COOL
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great pic
Anonymous
5 years ago
Now this is SCARY!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Clearly, it's an Airbus, so that's why this happened.
:-P
Great job to the photographer and pilot for this challenging shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wingtip fence, meet runway. Runway, meet wingtip fence. Pleased to introduce you(NOT).
Anonymous
5 years ago
Excellent Photo! I'm guessing TKN was probably briefly grounded after that incident for inspection of its landing gear.
Anonymous
5 years ago
"No" to those who're guessing that it went on a "briefly inspection! after the incident..! 15 minutes to unload another 15 to load and it was on is way back to LPPT in little less than an hour.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Yikes! Left rudder any time soon? Hindsight is 20-20 but should have diverted me thinks...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Woww, what a cool shot!.. the 'perfect' timing [fraction of a second], when the photographer decides to press his finger on the shutter of the camera ... Really great! 5 *****
Anonymous
4 years ago
Almost a wing tip landing! great shot Paulo!
Anonymous
4 years ago
This is cool and scary
Anonymous
4 years ago
Amazing Landing....................Amazing photography
Anonymous
4 years ago
Looks like its walking
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great picture 5/5 keep them coming.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Whhooooaaaaa!! what timing! I'm sure these photo opportunities do not come around too often!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Timing and Framing !
Anonymous
4 years ago
Amazing shot of this ordeal.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Fortunately not a disaster in progress picture, everything ended well!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Yikes, #crossingmyfingers...
Anonymous
4 years ago
Fantastic pic
Anonymous
3 years ago
This is a.net, not twitter. nice picture by the way
Anonymous
3 years ago
How com i dont see any rudder action?
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great pic, I hope they were turning into the wind and not getting blown over
Anonymous
3 years ago
Simply amazing !!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Excelent shot.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Did he forget that he had landed?
Anonymous
2 years ago
It's very good
Anonymous
2 years ago
The momentum of the motion! The visible stress of the tires/landing gear
Anonymous
2 years ago
***** very nice...

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