Aviation Photo #1053573 Boeing 747-422 - United Airlines

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This was a landing with a difference, look at the direction of the aircraft comparing it to that of the rwy, the pilot eventually corrected it and landed very well.
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    Morris Biondi
    United Airlines
    Boeing 747-422
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    25158
    866
    N179UA
    Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot)
    New South Wales
    Australia
    September 20, 2005
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks scary! Strong crosswind?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Scary landing? the 747 is capable of landing with almost 45` on the runway, it's only scary for the passengers in the plane.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I would say that is close to 45', anyway what is scary for passengers is on most occasions quite acceptable for people in the industry and definetely not dangerous, that is what I meant.(Morris, picture taker)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice photo mate! goes to show how effective that rudder coming in there is.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What's scary on a crosswind landing?
Anonymous
11 years ago
A good kick on the rudder bar would get that beast back on the centreline
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is scary!! Look how far from the 1000 feet mark it landed!! Almost in the middle of the runway!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent timing from the photographer !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW, is that ususal? I haven't seen it before...
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is not a scary landing. He's right on the centerline. Just guess what would happen to the engs if you bank a 747 on touchdown in a crosswind? This is the way to do it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wa-lau-eh, si-peh-kia-lang! Translated from the chinese hokkien dialect, it means: Omigosh, this is Really frightening! Thanks Morris, for sharing this frightening picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Spectacular and scary.
See the deflection of the righ main gear by the tremendous force of the side impact.
Icredible... Long life for the 747!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Most passengers don't even notice the angle on the runway. lol
Anonymous
11 years ago
Why wouldn't they have used 16R for the landing with such a strong crosswind on 25?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks scary, but is quite safe and standard procedure in crosswinds
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool photo well captured
Anonymous
11 years ago
Interesting landing, and comments about it. When
there is mentioning about cross winds, how come the
plants in the front of the picture, or the trees in
the back, show any sing of bending due to winds?
Anonymous
11 years ago
I wonder if passengers ever see this through the big screen in front of cabin.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Was it related to a crosswind landing??? reminds me of the kai tak landings
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfect photo. Amazing how they got this shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Gentlemen, it is a scary sight for someone not deeply involved in the aviation industry and one who isn't a know it all about aviation... think about the average pax.

Amazing photo though, the timing from the photog. couldn't have been any better capturing this very unique landing. Well done, Morris!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It doesn't look like the rudder is deflected in either direction. Obviously wasn't anything expected. Awesome shot and timing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yes, it is a scary landing. No, it's not standard procedure to touch down like that. What the pilot was attempting to do was bring down the airplane in a crab (not aligned with the runway) and at the last second use rudder to get the aircraft aligned at the moment it touches down. The capt mis-timed this landing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Human eye gets tricked by the long zoom on the lens which flattens the perspective. that's why aircraft appears to be at "larger" angle to runway, that it actually is.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wrong direction :)))....Hope it ended like a normal landing :/
Anonymous
11 years ago
Camera angle exaggerates the crab. Yes it is standard to land with a crab in heavy aircraft. You can't expect the Captain to use the Cessna 152 "wing low" crosswind landing proceedure when he has to worry about scraping engine cowlings.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It can be because of cross-wind too,you never know unless you are in the cockpit
Anonymous
11 years ago
Interesting view.... not the usual aircraft photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
WILD!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Guys, if you look at the rudder, the pilot has intentionally put the aircraft so that it crabs into the crosswind. This camera angle definately exaggerates this more than common menuever. Great shot though, perfect timing with the smoke vortexing behind
Anonymous
10 years ago
What happened there!!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
THIS PHOTO APPEALS ME BECAUSE ITS CAPCITY TO SHOW HOW MUCH A GOOD PILOT AND A WELL DONE AIRCRAFT CAN AVOID A DISASTER.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, this guy is going into the woods ... Looks like an angle of 45 degrees relative to the rwy...
Anonymous
6 years ago
Brilliant, never seen a pic from this view at Sydney..

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