Video: More Amazing UK Crosswinds

Takeoffs and landings at Birmingham challenged many airline crews.

The winds have been downright nasty across the UK this winter, giving one local plane watcher the chance to put together an incredible YouTube video of harrowing crosswind takeoffs and landings.

We don't know what the metars reported for these challenging operations, but suffice it to say the winds in all case were strong with gusts to very strong. In several cases too strong to touchdown as airline crews smartly aborted their landing attempts.

Have a look at the 11-minute video depicting operations at Birmingham Airport and decide for yourself if you'd want to tackle conditions such as these. And be sure to set your video player to HD.

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