During storm Dennis, the United Kingdom was buffeted by heavy rain and winds of up to 50mph, the second-weekend storm in a row.
There was significant travel disruption and hundreds of flights had to be cancelled at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) so that aircraft could be given more time and space to land.
Crosswind landings always look pretty scary but the “skilful” way in which the pilots of an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 managed to safely land the giant double-deck aircraft won a lot of praise when a video of the landing went viral.
A leaked memo from Etihad’s own pilot training department suggest that the airline wasn’t impressed with the pilot’s efforts during Storm Dennis: “You may have seen a video this week of one of our A380s landing in a strong crosswind in London. The official view from the Training Department is a simple one – THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. There is a time to give an approach away in the interest of safety. If you see such a thing in the sim (aircraft simulator) that would be a grade 1 for both pilots… Please gentlemen, let’s teach our pilots to operate safely even that means changing the mission.” the memo from Etihad’s manager of flight crew training for its Boeing fleet says.