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You look at these things and you wonder how that large piece of metal can even be controlled.

Especially when the wind is having a temper tantrum that's affecting everything in its path.

Worse, when the video comes out and the clever person posting it offers a little slow-motion in order to affect the motion of your innards, it always works.

Never think, though, that because a video of a plane taking off or landing might look scary, it definitely is.

The latest to move many is the sight of a Ryanair flight taking off. Or, it seems, trying to.

We are again at Birmingham Airport in England, serving the city in which I was reluctantly born.

Recently, I wrote about a landing Air France plane that was said to have been blown sideways by the Birmingham winds.

In fact, the video showed the pilots simply performing a routine crosswind landing.

This time, we're taking off in heavy winds with budget airline Ryanair, on our way to Alicante in Spain.

Although an initial look at the video might incite some minds to think we're taking off with an untrained, inebriated pilot who may or may not even know which way Spain is.

The plane doesn't seem to be going straight down the runway. Instead, it's lurching to one side.

The nose wheels leave the ground, shortly followed by the right wheels. The left wheels follow, just as the right wheels come back down again.

It's all very well to imagine this sort of apparent stunt-flying at an air show.

But there are people inside that plane. Unsuspecting people who just want to take a short flight for as little money as possible.

The pilots of this plane weren't bonkers. They were merely doing their jobs.

As the British Airline Pilots Association explained to the Daily Mail

The technique for taking off in windy conditions varies from aircraft to aircraft but the general aim is to predict how the aircraft will want to react to the wind as the aircraft speed increases and apply control forces to keep it straight with the wings level.

This is the sort of takeoff for which pilots have been trained. And one for which passengers have never been trained.

It must therefore, have been quite exhilarating for those, say, on the left-hand side of the plane. They might have been looking through their windows at a view straight down the runway.

Which would seem odd, given that their windows are on the side of the plane.

So there's nothing much to see here, save for pilots doing their jobs and, I suspect, enjoying the less-than-completely-routine nature of this takeoff.

Oh, and one or two passengers who were surely relieved once the plane started flying in a straight line.

Published on: Oct 10, 2018
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