WATCH: Ryanair passengers scream as plane makes ‘frightening’ landing in severe winds

The dramatic landing was caught on video by passenger Craig Cullinan, who called it a “frightening experience”. 

Ryanair flight 1585 was approaching Leeds Bradford Airport after travelling from Fuerteventura on Friday. 

As the Boeing 737-800 came into land, it was bounced around by a crosswinds over the runway. 

Footage showed the moment the flight made contact with the landing strip, which forced the camera to shake and then flip forwards. 

Passenger squeals and screams could be heard on the video as the plane touched down. 

The clip has been viewed more than 657,000 times since it was posted to YouTube at the weekend. 

Describing how it felt to be on board, Craig said: “Pilot was fighting to keep control of the aircraft and not too sure if he came in to quick and too high thus having to force the aircraft down into the tarmac, or if he was too slow, lost lift and resulted in the aircraft ‘falling’ out of the sky. Difficult to say without knowing speed or height. 

“Once on tarmac, the pilot fought to regain control of the aircraft, and we were thrown from left to right trying to straighten up.

“I have flown for many years, and this has had to be the first landing where I have thought the main gear was going to collapse. Frightening experience.”

But Ryanair said the plane made a normal landing in the windy conditions. 

A spokesperson told “The aircraft experienced cross winds on approach to Leeds Bradford airport and landed normally and safely.”

Due to its geographical position, the UK airport is often affected by severe winds.

Last month video emerged of a plane making a one wheeled landing due to wild weather at the landing strip

Though crosswind landings can be harrowing for passengers on board, pilots are well trained to perform the difficult task. 

A technique called ‘crab landing’ is used, which involves coming in to land slightly sideways, so the nose is in line with the runway.

There is a crosswind limit built into all new passenger planes which communicates to the pilot whether it is safe to land.

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