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More: Airbus A310-325/ET
More: Lajes / Azores (AB4) (TER / LPLA)
More: Portugal, November 20, 2009
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CS-TKN (cn 624) 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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A visitor from - posted Thu June 12, 2014:
***** very nice...

A visitor from Portugal posted Thu February 27, 2014:
The momentum of the motion! The visible stress of the tires/landing gear

A visitor from Indonesia posted Fri January 31, 2014:
It's very good

A visitor from New Zealand posted Sat November 2, 2013:
Did he forget that he had landed?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 27, 2013:
Excelent shot.

A visitor from Spain posted Wed March 13, 2013:
Simply amazing !!

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 6, 2013:
Great pic, I hope they were turning into the wind and not getting blown over

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 20, 2013:
How com i dont see any rudder action?

A visitor from United States posted Fri January 18, 2013:
This is a.net, not twitter. nice picture by the way

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue October 16, 2012:
Fantastic pic

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sat October 13, 2012:
Yikes, #crossingmyfingers...

A visitor from Brazil posted Sun October 7, 2012:
Fortunately not a disaster in progress picture, everything ended well!

A visitor from Egypt posted Mon September 3, 2012:
Amazing shot of this ordeal.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu August 30, 2012:
Timing and Framing !

A visitor from - posted Fri August 24, 2012:
Whhooooaaaaa!! what timing! I'm sure these photo opportunities do not come around too often!

A visitor from Australia posted Sat July 7, 2012:
Great picture 5/5 keep them coming.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 20, 2012:
Looks like its walking

A visitor from Mauritius posted Wed April 4, 2012:
Amazing Landing....................Amazing photography

A visitor from - posted Sun January 15, 2012:
This is cool and scary

A visitor from - posted Sat December 17, 2011:
Almost a wing tip landing! great shot Paulo!

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue November 22, 2011:
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 *****

A visitor from Australia posted Tue November 1, 2011:
Yikes! Left rudder any time soon? Hindsight is 20-20 but should have diverted me thinks...

A visitor from Mauritius posted Thu October 27, 2011:
"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.

A visitor from - posted Mon October 10, 2011:
Excellent Photo! I'm guessing TKN was probably briefly grounded after that incident for inspection of its landing gear.

A visitor from - posted Sun October 9, 2011:
Wingtip fence, meet runway. Runway, meet wingtip fence. Pleased to introduce you(NOT).

A visitor from - posted Thu October 6, 2011:
Clearly, it's an Airbus, so that's why this happened.
:-P
Great job to the photographer and pilot for this challenging shot!

A visitor from Singapore posted Thu September 29, 2011:
Now this is SCARY!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu September 29, 2011:
Great pic

A visitor from - posted Wed September 28, 2011:
THIS IS VERY COOL

A visitor from Sweden posted Wed September 28, 2011:
Great attention to details, a very good position, perfect timing and a superb explanation.

A visitor from India posted Thu September 8, 2011:
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)!.

A visitor from - posted Sun July 31, 2011:
Nice timing

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun July 24, 2011:
GREAT MOMENT.

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed July 13, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun July 10, 2011:
Yikes!

A visitor from - posted Tue July 5, 2011:
5 stars.

A visitor from - posted Sun July 3, 2011:
The pilot seems to be a player of MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X!!!...... ;)
And imagine the faces of the passengers.....

A visitor from - posted Mon June 27, 2011:
Amazing!
First, I tought it was Photoshop. But, not at the Arliners.net.
Truly amazing shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat June 25, 2011:
Yep, serious skills.
breathtaking photo, congratulations

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat June 18, 2011:
The pilot used be a WRC driver...
Nice active shoot!

A visitor from France posted Sun June 5, 2011:
Awesome shot !

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon May 16, 2011:
No Words... Just Fantastic shoot!

A visitor from Mauritius posted Mon May 2, 2011:
Well done mates.. Cheers

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat April 23, 2011:
Superb catch! Congratulations!

A visitor from - posted Fri April 1, 2011:
This is an excellent image- a wonderfully shot photo that captures a rare and very dramatic moment during a landing in bad weather.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Mon March 21, 2011:
The perfect timming... location... shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon March 14, 2011:
Just imagine the faces of the "happy" passengers inside :)

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat March 5, 2011:
RUN !!!

A visitor from Mexico posted Wed March 2, 2011:
Great Timing ! kudos

A visitor from - posted Mon February 28, 2011:
Nice shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed February 23, 2011:
Great photo, 5 stars.

A visitor from Spain posted Mon February 14, 2011:
Amazing!!

A visitor from Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The posted Thu January 13, 2011:
Very nice!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 30, 2010:
Goodyear could make an ad campaign around this type of picture

A visitor from - posted Tue December 28, 2010:
Very nice pic!!!

A visitor from - posted Mon November 29, 2010:
How fun would it be to be on that flight.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 26, 2010:
Good quality tyres !!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 26, 2010:
Wow!

A visitor from - posted Mon November 15, 2010:
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?

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Thu November 11, 2010:
Amazing photo!

A visitor from Pakistan posted Mon November 1, 2010:
Absolutely brilliant stuff, hats off to the photographer & crew. Though i think this was also caught on video from a different angle

A visitor from Norway posted Thu October 14, 2010:
Five stars! Congratulations on a great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Mon October 4, 2010:
Fantastic shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon October 4, 2010:
Just imagine reaction of passengers?

A visitor from Spain posted Tue September 28, 2010:
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.

A visitor from - posted Mon September 27, 2010:
Amazing shot, right place right time & great shot

A visitor from - posted Sat September 25, 2010:
Why should anyone attempt to land in 44 kt crosswind?? It's bound to encounter some serious wind shear.. Not good airmanship..

A visitor from Germany posted Mon September 13, 2010:
Looks like the First Officer is bracing for impact! LOL. Great shot btw

A visitor from - posted Wed September 8, 2010:
Great Shot!!!!!

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Tue August 31, 2010:
Close call, i bet the passengers wet their pants

A visitor from Poland posted Sat August 28, 2010:
Great respect for the gear engineers. They've done their work.

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 27, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue August 24, 2010:
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?

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Wed August 11, 2010:
Good..

A visitor from Turkey posted Wed August 11, 2010:
Good pose

A visitor from Spain posted Tue August 10, 2010:
Expectacular very good picture

A visitor from - posted Wed August 4, 2010:
Good pic, but 44 knots of crosswind and the grass is 90

A visitor from - posted Fri July 9, 2010:
Photog was definitely in the right place at the right time.....

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 9, 2010:
Capturing just that moment along with the wet runway and very few visual distractions in the picture.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sun July 4, 2010:
Dangerously!

A visitor from - posted Thu June 17, 2010:
Amazing catch!

A visitor from Canada posted Thu June 17, 2010:
Excellent shot!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu June 17, 2010:
Don't show this Your mom or she will never let You fly again ... phew ... never underestimate the windshear

A visitor from Jordan posted Wed June 16, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Wed June 16, 2010:
Excellent !

A visitor from - posted Mon May 24, 2010:
Unbelivable shot.

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed May 19, 2010:
One only time Amazing!

A visitor from - posted Wed May 12, 2010:
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.

A visitor from - posted Tue May 11, 2010:
Wow! An amazing shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 10, 2010:
Just amazing!!!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Wed May 5, 2010:
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.

A visitor from France posted Mon May 3, 2010:
Awesome!

A visitor from - posted Sun May 2, 2010:
Just amazing!!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed April 21, 2010:
Amazing.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 20, 2010:
Incredible photo!!! thank you

A visitor from - posted Mon April 19, 2010:
Seems kind of odd that there is no visible control input!?!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed April 14, 2010:
Great photo

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue April 13, 2010:
By the way, Mr Santos ... whatta dangerous place you were!! wheew.. you deserve 7 stars for sure!

A visitor from China posted Tue April 13, 2010:
Nice picture!

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed April 7, 2010:
One only time......
A.M.

A visitor from - posted Tue April 6, 2010:
RUN ! ! ! It's coming towards !

Great Picture Paulo Santos... 5 stars!

A visitor from Australia posted Mon April 5, 2010:
What a close call!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat April 3, 2010:
Only 5 stars????? not enough for this AWESOME photo

A visitor from Croatia posted Fri April 2, 2010:
This is something you don´t see often. And no full rudder to the left ??

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 22, 2010:
Wow, I wish someone had a video of this! Almost unbelievable!

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 13, 2010:
Remarkable timing to capture this event. The stress on the structure and the crew can almost be seen.

A visitor from Spain posted Sat March 6, 2010:
Oh my God, too dangerous!!

A visitor from Ireland posted Fri March 5, 2010:
Amazing shooting btw

A visitor from Ireland posted Fri March 5, 2010:
Omg! that was a close call if ever ive seen one

A visitor from United States posted Thu March 4, 2010:
Holy smokes! That was close!

A visitor from Croatia posted Mon March 1, 2010:
Close Call!!

A visitor from - posted Sun February 28, 2010:
Super PHOTO!!!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Fri February 26, 2010:
Great catch. The timing of the shot and the focus are perfect.

A visitor from Poland posted Mon February 15, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri February 12, 2010:
Thank you for sharing this.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sun February 7, 2010:
Don´t know what to say..... no words can even come close to waht I´m feling right now..... super shot Paulo...

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat February 6, 2010:
You only have one time to do this
With art,feeling,risc and knowing of photography
Best photo i ever see
Armando Matos

A visitor from Ireland posted Wed January 13, 2010:
Thats a pretty amazing shot:)

A visitor from - posted Tue January 12, 2010:
Best photo on a.net *fullstop*.

A visitor from Italy posted Sun January 10, 2010:
One of the best shots ever seen.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 10, 2010:
AMAZING SHOT

A visitor from Canada posted Sun January 10, 2010:
I wonder what was going through the minds of people on board, pilots, and passengers.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat January 9, 2010:
Great Foto, right place and angle.

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri January 8, 2010:
Congratulations Paulo.
Spectacular and very dramatic moment.
Thankfully everything ended well.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 5, 2010:
Right place, right time, great shot.

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 30, 2009:
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

A visitor from - posted Thu December 24, 2009:
Wonderful

A visitor from - posted Tue December 22, 2009:
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.

A visitor from - posted Sun December 20, 2009:
If a crosswind has you crabing that much, I think its safe to say you should have chose a different runway. Nice shot!

A visitor from France posted Sun December 20, 2009:
Fantastic and lucky shoot....but good and solid plane this A 310 !!!

A visitor from Singapore posted Sun December 20, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat December 19, 2009:
Nice shot!

A visitor from Spain posted Sat December 19, 2009:
2009 best photo

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu December 17, 2009:
Picture of the year 2009: Amazing!

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue December 15, 2009:
Amazing Photo

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 14, 2009:
Hope they checked the gears after they stopped

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat December 12, 2009:
Only 5 star .. bravo..

A visitor from Saudi Arabia posted Sat December 12, 2009:
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!

A visitor from - posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Great capture of great moment.. Who is control.. I believe the captain..

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Amazing photo.It landed or it was go around?

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Fri December 11, 2009:
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!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Fantastic action caught on camera

A visitor from - posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Cought the moment, that is being a photographer !

Greetings from Argentina

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Wow... Yep - "Holy S...!!!"

A visitor from Germany posted Wed December 9, 2009:
Holy....You kept there making photos, I would have ducked and covered ;) Remind me a bit on the Lufthansa scene in Hamburg this year

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed December 9, 2009:
Best photo 2009 for sure!!!!!!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed December 9, 2009:
Lajes...
Excellent photo,
Congratulations Paulo!
Abra

A visitor from - posted Tue December 8, 2009:
Amazing!!!

Thanks!

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 7, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Australia posted Mon December 7, 2009:
This is an awesome photo. Top job by the pilots.
I agree this deserves 10 stars to the photographer and the pilots.

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 7, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon December 7, 2009:
One of the most fantastic pictures that i ever Seen.

serious candidate to Photo of the year 2009.

Good job Paulo Santos.

A visitor from - posted Sun December 6, 2009:
I wonder how much rudder he had to push to correct the crab

A visitor from Slovakia posted Sun December 6, 2009:
Once in a lifetime.. Hats off !!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun December 6, 2009:
How can I make this my desktop picture?

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun December 6, 2009:
A superb job by both pilots and photographer.

Peter

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun December 6, 2009:
Only five stars? .....ten stars for this amazing photo

A visitor from Spain posted Sun December 6, 2009:
Just WOW!!!!!!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun December 6, 2009:
5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat December 5, 2009:
Incredible!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat December 5, 2009:
Hi Paulo, Great Photo... Congratulations my friend...

A visitor from Canada posted Fri December 4, 2009:
Amazing shot

Pierre

A visitor from Ukraine posted Fri December 4, 2009:
Not often this happens and especially you can shot it

A visitor from Turkey posted Fri December 4, 2009:
Astonishing!!!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 3, 2009:
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...?

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 2, 2009:
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)

A visitor from - posted Tue December 1, 2009:
Amazing. possibly the best aviation picture...ever!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue December 1, 2009:
Amazing ! Those pilots did earn their pay !
And the photographer, Paulo our congratulations for a job well done.

A visitor from Germany posted Tue December 1, 2009:
Good job!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue December 1, 2009:
Amazing shot
abc GP

A visitor from Italy posted Tue December 1, 2009:
Near crash

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon November 30, 2009:
Very good shot, congratulations!

A visitor from Italy posted Mon November 30, 2009:
Can't you feel the action?! Breathtaking pic! 5 stars!

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 30, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Finland posted Mon November 30, 2009:
Very nice, perfect moment

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon November 30, 2009:
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.

A visitor from France posted Mon November 30, 2009:
Beautiful instant catched and pictures quality!

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from France posted Sun November 29, 2009:
Had that wing touched the ground, the photographer was history too. Amazing picture.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun November 29, 2009:
Great skill... very good picture. Paulo Santos congratulations for this moment.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun November 29, 2009:
My bet is that even the guys in the cockpit wuold be amazed with this shot. 5*

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 29, 2009:
Lucky pilots and pax. Had the gust gone a few knots stronger, perhaps the outcome of this shot would be very different.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun November 29, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Australia posted Sun November 29, 2009:
That nose couldn't be more off centre, must've been a huge x-wind...

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Nice landing !!!!!! I wish I could have done that and lived to tell the tale

A visitor from Canada posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Talk about your heart skipping a beat, look at the side load on those tires!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Perspective, sense of being out of control. Also just a very clear picture from an optics standpoint.

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Whoa there big boy!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Simply stunning.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Great light!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Excellent Photo!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Nice!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Another 5 (five) starts from me...!!! Great job my everyone.!! Congrats Paulo

A visitor from Canada posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I'm sure someone will question the crew about this landing... Great shot.

A visitor from Romania posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Whoa!!! incredible moment to see, but to capture!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
This is the time when we separate the men from the boy...Great Work by Crew and Photoguy...Cheers my Friend Paulo...JanetFlight;)

A visitor from Puerto Rico posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Wow, what a amazing shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Great job by the crew.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
This photo is really no comments! Absolutely surreal, it truly speaks for itself. Congrats

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Absolutely stunning. Great capture!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Superb capture showing the drama of when things "nearly" go terribly wrong. Good skill by the crew resulted in a safe ending.

A visitor from Sweden posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Great actionshot!

A visitor from South Africa posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I`m sure the crew had wet pants all around after this, its skills or tons of luck!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I don't know how your pictures but this one is one great picture. Habib

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing. It just reminds you of all the hard work they put into building the landing gear ;)

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
For all the nay-sayers--looks pretty real to me! MD-11, C-17 pilot

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Fantastic shot...nothing more to say!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I think we have just looked at what will be the highest ever viewed picture on airliners.net, congratulations on a fantastic shot - Gary777

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Oh S***!!!!!! Thats unbelievable!!! Definetly once in a lifetime shot!!!!!!!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing! Right place at the right time. And 100,000 views in 1 day is pretty neat.

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Simply breathtaking! Can you imagine the sound inside the cabin!?

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
100,000+ views in 24 hours! bravo!
ub

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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

A visitor from France posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Congratulations for having been able to capture that precise moment. Very good picture.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sat November 28, 2009:
This picture shows why in aviation it is always best to be prepared

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Fantastic photo! Just wondered if the photographer was ready to make a run to escape if everything went wrong!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
We can see the FO's arm is up in front of the windscreen and bracing for the landing.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
TeeeeeerifYing for the people in the plain and pure insanity for the spoter in the place he was.....
Congratulations
Parabens

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Sharp shot!
The number of views is just incredible.. almost 90.00 in a bit over a day...!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Wow ... Amazing shot , Glad that everything ended well , congrats.

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing once in a lifetime shot! You are lucky to have been in the right place at the right moment to capture this.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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!"

A visitor from France posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Man! All went well for you also!
Five star photo!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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*****

A visitor from Germany posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Just amazing... 5 stars!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
***** Unbelievable! *****
R.N.

A visitor from Germany posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Top of 2k9! Landing in Lufthansa style as in Hamburg one year ago ;-)

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Whoops!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I think the First Officer crapped his pants.

A visitor from Israel posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Maama mia !!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing shot, amazing plane, and amazing pilots... definately 5*!!
Good job on this one!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Cool Photot, but why are the 1000 fts and 4000fts Marker visible in this perspective??

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Just A M A Z I N G ! You can see the stress on the right engine, right bellow the wing.

My congrats!!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Extremely sharp, awesome timing

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I have no words! Just amazing!

A visitor from India posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Good work in the cockpit and outside the perimeter

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
5 stars!!!!!

A visitor from Spain posted Sat November 28, 2009:
5* Paulo, nice reward for your work.
Definitely, my PHOTOGRAPHERS' CHOICE Vote!
Cheers,Rui Alves - Madeira Spotters

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I wonder if there was any damage to the landing gear.

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Its awesome !! look at the copilot

A visitor from Philippines posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Very timely man

A visitor from Ireland posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Superb!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
The best..... Crew...SATA... and photographer...PAULO!!!!!!!
Love you ...DAD!!

A visitor from Australia posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Unbeliveable!

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Well done!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
God bless all of you guys, passenger and crews!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
No words to describe this!!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Tops everything I've ever seen... and I've seen a few things.... great crew..SATA.. super spotter, great shot... Congrats Paulo.

A visitor from Germany posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
You can see the Co-Pilots Arm Holding the top of the roof in anticipation...gosh really must have been bad...Great Capture

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Rescpect for the pilots and the photographer! 5 stars

A visitor from Italy posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing picture!

A visitor from Greece posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Unbelievable shot ! Congratulations ! You 've catched the decissive moment !

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.






















A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Buffffffffffffffffffffff, terrifying..........

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing shot

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I cannot find words. One of the best I've ever seen.

A visitor from France posted Sat November 28, 2009:
What a shot ! Incredible this landing end well !!!
Congratulations for the pilot too. 5 stars for Paulo. Unique timing for this shot

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I can just join in on what all the others already wrote. Look how the F/O is holding on.

A visitor from Germany posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Amazing snapshot ! Great ... ! Words fail me... 5 stars !!!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Simply gosh

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Very impressive shot! Congrats for the catch!!!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 28, 2009:
I'm a big Airliners.net fan and I've never posted before but this photo is just spectacular!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Congrets with this photo Paulo! This is a dreampicture for every spotter! Five stars cause I could't find more, what a shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Congratulations! Paulo, you get that lucky Shot.

A visitor from Turkey posted Sat November 28, 2009:
One of the most spectacular picture wich i have ever seen

A visitor from France posted Sat November 28, 2009:
WOW what some lucky guys ! Azores will be ever so dangerous during Autumn-Winter season !

A visitor from France posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Oh my God!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Simply stunning Paulo, best capture I've ever seen on A.Net thanks for sharing it with us

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat November 28, 2009:
One in a million....scary landing!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Wow almost like hamburg

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Very good pilots =)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Simplu unbelievable - amazing shot!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
Superb.... think i can hear the words "oh s*@t"... brilliant...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Just an incredible shot!!!

A visitor from France posted Fri November 27, 2009:
And the picture quality is great too! Increivel! 5 stars from Mat

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I don't know about you guys but I would be thinking right about now... "whats the best way to sprint? left or right?!!!"

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
The freak! hope this was a cargo plane!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
If this doesn't make top photo of 2009, I dont know what will. You could probably sell this picture. Awesome job!!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I don't know who to congratulate here, the pilots or the photographer?

A visitor from Luxembourg posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Perfect timing and light. Congrats Paulo! A bit of luck was there for the crew, as such a situation may quickly become uncontrollable. Patrick.

A visitor from Japan posted Fri November 27, 2009:
It's so great!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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............

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Must be quite the crosswind if it requires that much bank AND crab.

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Oh my GOD!!! What I want to know is.... WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?!!! How did they get from this to actually landing?! Incredible shot...

A visitor from Mauritius posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow, wished i was there to see this. Glad that everything ended well. Keep em coming Paulo!

Regards
Krishley.G.D.Purmanun (PiloteAlpha)

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
This must be the most exciting safe landing ever!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Boomps-a-daisy

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow what a Catch!! glad it was a safe landing.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Congratulation for such a great picture. best one I've seen so far.glad it did not finish in disaster.
two thumbs up.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I am very happy all passengers after this felight was good

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Thanks god that aircraft ends up well

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Just awesome picture despite of the situation for the crew

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Great photo!!! Not to mention the aircraft looks like its headed for you!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
You can see the first officer's hand reaching up and grabbing the handle to brace for impact. 5*

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 27, 2009:
WOW that landing gear is under some serious stress!! I wonder if they had to inspect it?

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I must say, if i was taking that photo....i would have needed some new underpants!!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
"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

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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

A visitor from Australia posted Fri November 27, 2009:
This is the craziest landing I have seen!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
What perfect timing, not very often that a picture makes me feel nervous.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Incredible ! Great shot !

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Yikes!!! unexpected, brilliant shot!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
WUUA! No words! Breathtaking pic! Congrats for the spotter and also for the great crew of this A310!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 27, 2009:
They say flying is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror. I guess this was a "1%" moment...

Great photo!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Amazing.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Truly amazing shot!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Shoo, that was a close one

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Holy cow!!! Great photo of the heat of the moment there!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Is that a tri-colored VASI?

Great picture

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Rare to take pics like these

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I have never seen anything like it! What perfect timing from Paulo. 5 star photo if I ever saw one! CJB

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Beautiful!!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
WOw....should be 5 stars...incredible shot

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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.

A visitor from Finland posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Excellent shot! The timing is unique. I believe that must be one of the most impressive photos concerning wind shear.

A visitor from Argentina posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Unlucky pilots + Lucky Spotter = Top of the year on A.net!! Congratulations. Good photographer!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Outstanding!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow!!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 27, 2009:
A great shot from 1 of the best in Portugal!!!

S

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Simply amazing, the stress in the MLG is clear to see

A visitor from Germany posted Fri November 27, 2009:
One of the best I've ever seen

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I just can't see how the pilots managed to right the plane and land it safely. Amazing capture and chapeau to the pilots!

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Unique pic on a.net! Congrats

A visitor from Ukraine posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Moment of truth.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Awesome, glad it ended well.

A visitor from France posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Amazing ! 5 stars !!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
The right time and the right spot! But it looks to me like the outboard "canoe" did touch the ground.
- rsa

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
What a fantastic Shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Right place, right time, right... finish.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Amazing!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Unbelievable!!! Fantastic !!!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
This is ridiculous! Great timing and glad they managed to get it down safely!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
WOW, they go around or landed? Amazing pic and timing.. very good for pilots to keep control of situation!

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Oh boy! I think I see a contender for top of the past 365 coming up the ranks.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Definetely a great catch on the right moment Paulo!
Rui Sousa, Madeira Spotters

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
I would love to see video of this. Nice capture.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
What an amazing catch! Yash

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow; that's what crosswind can do? or is it also the pilot?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
The fact that Paolo managed to catch the shot at that exact moment is, to me testament of a great photographer

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Holy crap!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Damn... That reminds me of what happened at HAM some time ago... Great shot though!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow no comments yet? amazing capture, the F/Os holdin on fro dear life!. i can imagine the passengers squeeling too

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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...

A visitor from Hungary posted Fri November 27, 2009:
This is spectacular and dramatic, I gave you five stars.

A visitor from Spain posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Whooooouuuu!!!It must hurt! That

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow wouldnt like to be on there

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri November 27, 2009:
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

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Wow nice capture...one of the best at A.net

A visitor from - posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Great Moment! Great Photo! 5*

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Well done to the pilots!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri November 27, 2009:
Good job!

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