Watch a Boeing 767's landing gear strained to its limits

A 767 landing at the UK's Birmingham airport in extreme conditions shows the full flexibility of its equipment.

The wheels are about to buckle. Flugsnug/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Whenever a pilot tells me that planes can withstand all kinds of turbulence and lightning strikes, I believe him.

To the level that I believe a politician when he tells me he can change the world.

However, after many years of flying, it's clear that planes are designed to withstand more than a layperson's mind can imagine.

Which is why footage posted to YouTube on Sunday might reassure one or two of the more-nervous flying types.

Here we have a Boeing 767 landing at my hometown airport, Birmingham in the UK.

In the past few weeks, England has been experiencing awful weather. Yes, even awful for England.

Storms, high winds, and flooding have caused enormous pain to many. As this video unfolds, we see that the plane is landing in what seem to be extremely unpredictable winds.

One imagines that for those in the cockpit, such conditions produce excitement and a little trepidation. For those not at the controls, trepidation might tend to dominate.

As this 767 lands, one can clearly see the enormous strain placed on the landing gear as it bounces and buffets its way along the runway to safety. The plane lands only on one set of wheels at first, which buckles beneath the force.

As is often the case, flying experts will tell me this is nothing. They'll say this is precisely what a plane is designed to do.

But for those who put their lives in the hands of manufacturers and pilots every day, it offers just a touch of reassurance that flying really is the safest way to travel.

 

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