Date: 05 Jun 99 02:09:23 From: email@example.com Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and UNIX, NYC Followups: 1 2 3
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Recently landed at Albuquerque during very unusual weather conditions: dry, no storms visible, but 35 mph crosswind, which was blowing at 90 degrees to the runway so far as I could judge by looking at a wind sock as we taxiied in to the terminal. The approach was memorable, as the land below moved past the aircraft diagonally, as a result of the plane turning into the wind. Touchdown involved the aircraft touching one rear wheel, then the other, finally wrestling the plane into a line parallel with the runway, followed by a fairly severe correction after the nosewheel was down. There was a five-second interval before the captain applied reverse-engine braking. While I admired the ability to land a 727 under these conditions, I wondered if a 90-degree 35-mph crosswind is considered borderline conditions for landing (bearing in mind total absence of thunderstorms or other evidence of conditions liable to cause wind shear). The captain came on the intercom twice, before the landing, notifying passengers of wind conditions (which is how I know it was a 35-mph cross wind--he said so.) Safe? Unsafe? Fairly safe? It was certainly the most difficult-seeming landing I've experienced in my last 100 or so air trips.