Aviation Photo #1821228 Boeing 757-351 - Delta Air Lines

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I have observed many crosswind arrivals in LAS, some a bit hairy but none quite like this one. Flight 1850 flailing wildly on approach from MSP had to abandon the effort after several steep side to side swings and and a strong upward surge. The second approach was not much better but at least successful. It is not too often I become concerned for my own personal safety while spotting! Funny just after this the DE heavy turned out the approach and was seen circling east over the valley to take the 19's instead.
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    Randall Johnson
    Delta Air Lines
    Boeing 757-351
    Boeing 757-300
    Boeing 757-300
    Boeing
    32988
    1024
    N588NW
    5808
    Las Vegas - McCarran International
    Nevada
    USA
    November 21, 2010
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Comments (48)

Anonymous
8 years ago
That is some crazy action Randall, it sure must be scary, 5stars for me. J.Z
Anonymous
8 years ago
Scary stuff! great capture! 5 stars!
jorge
Anonymous
8 years ago
W-O-W !! Exact moment!
Congrats Mr. Johnson
Jova
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great and pinsharp capture! Love it!
Anonymous
8 years ago
My uncle just flew into las hope that wasn"t him
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice, I never thought we'd see action like this in the US :) wonder what it would be like as a PAX to have to experience this?

I have flown many times and many years; the only thing we've ever had to do is either A) Divert B) circle and C) be rerouted

Give me more action! I'd love to be on this flight!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Bloody Hell! Its all well to take beautiful photographs, but this is aviation, real life, real lives, really quite scary!
Anonymous
8 years ago
5 Stars and Photogs Choice. I am amazed at this shot. The windsock under the right main really illustrates how hard the wind was blowing!
-Matt Wallman
Anonymous
8 years ago
Superb in every way!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Ohhhhh boy, this is too much, how could one stand focused with such scary scene, one of best pics, I have seen, should be sent to the passengers on board, I wish someone could take and share the pics of inside the plane, must be roller coaster ride scenes in the cabin. Great, I cannot stop saying again, the Best
Anonymous
8 years ago
I love every shot taken at McCarran, but this one is really in my top 10! 5 stars for being there at the right time..
Anonymous
8 years ago
Beautiful!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
And you guys have not even seen the other shots in the series!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Holy cow check out the windsock under the plane... some serious wind smacking that plane!
Anonymous
8 years ago
"Tell you what, pilot has the aircraft - crew going around."
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I would have liked to see this go around. They were really close to the ground and it looks as if the left wing is below the landing gear!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Another excellent quality photo Randall. If I had been on that flight, for sure I'd be checking the back of my boxer's!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Once again, Randall Johnson proves he is among the very best in aviation photography!
Anonymous
8 years ago
These crews have very extensive training and you just don't do that.
Had to be very gusty that's not a small 2 seater.
excellent timing on the camera.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Randall, what more can you say about this shot but simply amazing! Fantastic job! Andrew Compolo
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very well done Randall! It's moments like this that make our hobby well worth while. All about timing and being there. Viva Las Vegas!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot! I wonder if it was as bad to the PAXs as it looks
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing shot. I'd be fighting the flight or fight response on that one.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot! It looks as if you can actually see the fuselage flexing...just look at the line of windows!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great view and it cant get much better
Anonymous
8 years ago
Balance is all it takes, yeah right !
Anonymous
8 years ago
YES ! Great Photo Randall. I'll take my bike and join you for a few days...:-) Congrats! Well deserved Top of the day. Patrick
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot, I'm glad I was not at that flight.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The photo and the commentary bring it all together and form a story from one picture...great shot!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
5 stars. Great capture of a quite rough looking landing approach. Regards, Chris.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Right time, right place, right click...
Brilliant shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Just... WOW!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Sweet shot! I wonder what the Southwest pilot in the background was thinking as he watched this!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow! I was on this flight. SEA based flight attendant. My seat was the 1L door. I've been flying many many years and that was the first time I thought which emergency door am I going to use. We actually touched left main gear, but at that same moment co-pilot said he made decision to go around and punched it. All pax talked about the landing on deplaning and we talked about it the whole way to hotel. Very intense!
Anonymous
8 years ago
There are indeed other shots in the series much closer to the ground and swinging just as sharply the opposite direction. At the time I was unable to tell whether the final upward surge was the result of wind sheer or a decision to go around. Glad for the additional details. Amazingly this was not the scariest angle as the aircraft did graze the surface of the runway at such an intense angle of attack I thought it might tail strike before the decision to go around. This is one of the few times video may be more advantageous than still images. Thanks for all the comments and feedback folks as well as those from the very crew onboard.- Randall Johnson
Anonymous
8 years ago
Right place, right time ! Excellent photo !
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great capture.its nice to know that delta pilots are well trained.this is spooky.
Anonymous
8 years ago
By looks of the left horizontal stabilizer flexing downward, this girl was getting a serious crosswind beating.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Definately the most dramatic shot i have seen on airliners
Anonymous
8 years ago
Awesome shot!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
8 years ago
Definitely a "check your pants before leaving the seat" moment. Perfect timing. Congrats Randall!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very good!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing photo!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow! It seems that especially the B753 seems to have some trouble with crosswind landings. I can observe this a lot with Condor's B753. Great shot! Thank you! 5*
Anonymous
5 years ago
Unique moment!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Excellent shot!

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