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6 Landings Gone Wrong, And Caught On Camera

Statistically, most aircraft accidents occur during takeoff or landing. Here are 6 otherwise normal approaches that ended with a crash on landing. We can all learn a lot from reviewing these videos...

1) Loss Of Directional Control: Crosswind Landing

After one go-around, this British Aerospace ATP suffered a loss of directional control on landing during strong crosswinds at the Birmingham Airport. What do you think went wrong?

2) Porpoise On Landing

A porpoise landing is a bounced landing that, if not recovered, results in your plane touching down nose first. If you let it continue, it will set your plane off into a series of "jumps" and "dives", like a real porpoise. Porpoise landings can happen when you are flying too fast during touchdown, or if your descent rate is too high at touchdown. And if you force your airplane down and touch the nosewheel first, you can send your plane into an unrecoverable sequence of events.

Check out this YouTube clip of a porpoise landing that doesn't end well:

3) Have You Ever Seen A Boeing 747 Bounce 20ft Back Into The Air?

This Silk Way Airlines 747 impacted the runway just past the threshold at an extremely high rate of descent. Check out huge much the wings and flaps flex during the impact!

4) Runway Overrun At St. Barths

It's no secret that St. Barths has one of the most challenging approaches in the world. Speed management is key, and too much can easily result in overrunning this short runway. A go-around would've been the best decision here...

5) Airbus Lands In The Opposite Displaced Threshold

We all know that you can't land on a displaced threshold. But have you ever seen someone land in the displaced threshold on the opposite side of the runway? Probably not. And definitely not in an Airbus A320. Sure, this runway is 10,000 feet long, and it appears in the video that this crew had plenty of room to stop. But there's more to keep in mind than just stopping distance. Especially when flying heavy aircraft, where your touch down point dramatically affects safety. Click here to learn about this airport in Port Blair, India.

6) Gear-Up Landing

Gear-up landings happen all too often. Sometimes it's due to mechanical failure, but other times it's due to pilot error. Caution: there is some strong language used in the video.

Do you think it's valuable to learn from reviewing accident footage? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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