Giant Airbus A380 slides on runway after hairy crosswind landing

Last updated 10:33 07/10/2017
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The Emirates A380 jet gets sideways in strong crosswinds at Dusseldorf airport.

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Passengers in a Emirates A380 jet got a very bumpy ride as it touched down in strong crosswinds in Germany.

The huge plane was buffeted by strong winds as it came into land at Dusseldorf airport.

It touched down safely enough, but the real show was yet to come.

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The A380 slid dangerously from side to side on the tarmac, as the pilot tried to get the nose wheel on the ground.

The person who shot the landing labelled it "unbelievable". 

"I have filmed a few thousand crosswind landings at several airports in Europe within the past years, but this Airbus A380 crosswind landing was extremely hard and extraordinary.

At first it looked like a pretty normal crosswind approach but after touchdown the pilots tried to align with the runway which looked pretty incredible," Cargospotter said.

The A380 is so large (73 metres long) and has such a huge wingspan (80 metres from tip to tip), the biggest hub international airports across the world needed to be reconfigured just to cope.

Sydney Airport, for example, spent more than NZ$100 million preparing for the jet.

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