Don't fly this at home: Video of scary landings goes viral

In Dusseldorf, Germany, heavy crosswinds often force pilots to make some truly creative final approaches. A video compilation shows what passengers on the incoming planes would probably rather not see.

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An Emirates Airlines jumbo jet on final approach to Dusseldorf airport in Germany. Strong crosswinds often force pilots flying there to make very creative landings. Screenshot by CNET

When you're a passenger onboard an airplane, you have no choice but to put all your faith and trust in the pilots. And most of the time, there's nothing to worry about. But sometimes, it's probably better that you don't know exactly what those in the cockpit are dealing with.

For those flying into Dusseldorf, Germany during strong crosswinds, that seems especially true. A video (see below) put together by YouTube user Cargospotter that's making the rounds right now would seem likely to terrify anyone thinking of flying there: the video, a compilation of landings in heavy crosswinds, shows plane after plane on final approach as the pilots struggle to remain centered on the runway.

At first, it's pretty scary. You watch these planes coming in at odd angles, and seemingly flopping around in the wind, and you think that one of these landings may not end so well. But after nine minutes of watching the planes make it down safely, you realize that the pilots seem to know what they're doing.

Still, that doesn't make it any less frightening to see what wind can do to a huge metal tube plummeting through the skies. My answer: I'm not flying to Dusseldorf any time soon.