Among pilots, there’s an old saying: “Flying is easy; landing is hard.”
That’s doubly true when you’re dealing with 40-knot crosswinds which force you to approach the runway sideways, which is exactly what Captain Brenda Riepsaame Wassink had to do during Storm Callum in mid-October.
Despite her passengers’ nervousness, she managed to land the plane beautifully, creating an incredible viral video in the process.
Watch the landing here.
Wassink was landing her TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 at Bristol Airport in the UK when high winds caused by Storm Callum forced her to use a technique called “crabbing” which involves pointing the nose of the plane directly into the wind until the very last second, when the plane realigns with the runway and slams its brakes on.
Though incredibly impressive when wind-speeds become dangerous, it’s one of the first techniques taught to young pilots, since they’ll rarely be landing a plane without any cross-winds.
— Chris van Blerk (@Christophe77) October 25, 2018
Mountains of praise are being heaped on Captain Wassink, who responded to all the kind words on Twitter!
Overwhelmed with all the views and nice comments! Thanks you all!https://t.co/3u1qbIkek9
— Brenda Riepsaame Wassink (@Bgirlflying) October 21, 2018
You are an inspiration! Bravo!
— Melanie Gaboriault (@melanie_gabo) October 26, 2018
You rock! That has to be the most awesome landing I've ever seen. I'd feel completely at ease flying through a hurricane if you were at the helm.
— David Alexis (@davealexis) October 21, 2018
The internet was bowled over by the high-pressure landing!
— SmoothJazzStepDad (@SmoovJazzStpDad) October 15, 2018
That pilot has some skills!
— Geoff Morris (@Geoff1010) October 15, 2018
Hard turn starboard, set down, straighten up. Any landing is a good landing. Cheers! Well done, amazingly brilliant.
— Doll (@dollsbackyard) October 25, 2018
Flying through storms doesn’t seem like such a big deal with Captain Wassink behind the stick.
I'll fly with that Amazing Pilot anytime …
— BeeCharmer ❤️Ann (@Antoine71284847) October 25, 2018
– brilliant – no replacement for experience
— Butch van Blerk (@van_butch) October 25, 2018
THAT was frickin' awesome! Very impressive! Pilot has got some skills! HOLY SHIT! pic.twitter.com/IQvrcHs2EG
— Ginger (@Im_Pebbles) October 25, 2018
— Too Old, Too White, Too Male (@06larrywalker) October 25, 2018
One can only imagine what being a passenger on this plane must have felt like.
White knuckles just watching this.
— Bob Murdock (@Boston25photog) October 26, 2018
…then there is that one person still in the restroom
— One You tea (@OneYoutea) October 25, 2018
Scary the pilot deserves a medal
— Philomena Gabriel (@Alchemist900) October 25, 2018
Fortunately, everyone exited the plane safe and sound with a story to tell their families for years to come.
All thanks to Captain Wassink and her amazing skills—well done, Captain!
Wow – that is some serious skill and knowledge
— Lily (@WorkoutFrolic) October 25, 2018
This pilot is a hero.
— Don (@donporter3825) October 25, 2018
Well now…beyond impressive!!
— Lacresha Hearn (@LacreshaHearn) October 25, 2018