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KLM flight sways crazily in windy landing

It's not exactly easy to land a Boeing 777 in 60 mph winds. Or, at least, it doesn't look as if it is.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Wait, is that right wing going to hit the tarmac? 17Splinter/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I -- or more precisely the parts of my stomach that react to such things -- haven't quite got over the MiG-29 fighter blasting off vertically like a rocket.

And now this.

Here is something that has fascinated the entrails of almost 4 million people on YouTube. It's a KLM Boeing 777 coming into land like a rolling drunk.

It's not the pilot's fault. There were winds up to 60 mph reported, and it's not exactly easy to control a very large plane at Schipol airport in Amsterdam, while a spiteful wind wants to blow it toward Belgium.

I know that those who fancy themselves experts will tell me that this is standard operating procedure and nothing more than picking a stray piece of sausage from a gap in your teeth.

Those of us who are normal humans, however, look at this footage, imagine what it would be like to be inside the plane and then consider which particular prayers to which particular deity we would have offered up.

For me, the most dangerous moment is very near the ground when the plane appears to suffer a sudden gust of wind that rolls it to the right.

Pilots, in general, have, on occasion, been rumored to let glamorous women into their cockpits to enjoy excessive amusement. But when they secure a safe landing such as this, they deserve admiration.

A KLM spokeswoman told me: "Last Saturday, all flights at Schiphol encountered strong winds and thereupon applied the relevant procedures. KLM pilots were well able to deal with it and ensure the safety of passengers and crew. KLM doesn't take any risk, therefore safety had not been compromised."

Pilots seem now to be subjected to ever greater pressures with, for example, boneheads shining lasers at them.

The pilots involved here must have felt almost as relieved as the passengers that this 777 landed with what seemed like a peculiar gentleness.

Update, 7:50 a.m. PT July 28: A comment from KLM has been added.