A good landing for once

I’ve put up a number of video clips of bad landings during 2013.  To start 2014 off on a better note, here’s perhaps the smoothest landing I’ve ever seen on video – so smooth I reckon the passengers hardly felt it.  It’s a US Airways Airbus A330 landing at Manchester on August 30th, 2010. This one’s definitely worth watching in full-screen mode.

You can read more about it here, including a detailed description of what makes that landing so special.  Congratulations to the pilot on a great job.

May 2014 bring smooth landings for all of us.



  1. i thought any landing you could walk away from was a good one???

    yep nice job on this one. musta been the copilot landing it *grins*

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Hey Peter,

    THat was a very good landing. I was on one similar, I was in a Delta Boeing 767 and the pilot greased it in, you didn't feel the transition at all and the pilot didn't use the TR at all. When I was leaving I told the flight attendants that was an exceptional good landing and pass the kudo's to the pilot. The head stewardess told me "hang on a second" and the pilot came out and the pilot was a "she" I commented that I have flown a lot and that was by far the best landing I had even seen. She smiled and told me "thank you".

    She is still the standard I judge others.

  3. When I commented on an exceptionally good landing in Caracas some years ago, the American Airlines pilot just said, "Yeah, we get lucky sometimes".

  4. What makes this even more remarkable is that the only two times I have ever been on a commercial aircraft that blew a tire on landing, those landings were at Manchester NH. Most of the landings that I've had there were best characterized as…. forthright. A lot like I imagine a carrier landing would be, a brisk planting of the wheels on the tarmac and an immediate and forceful application of the brakes.

    Manchester has a short runway.

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