WATCH: Plane makes adventurous landing as strong winds blow across runway
The plane was coming in amid Storm Barra, which brought strong winds gusting as high as 45-50 mph across western England.
MANCHESTER, England -- Passengers on a flight to Manchester, England got quite the ride when their jet made a rather adventurous landing amid a strong windstorm Tuesday.
The plane was coming in amid Storm Barra, which brought strong winds gusting as high as 45-50 mph across western England. Peak gusts at Manchester Airport registered at 38 mph during the day Tuesday.
The gusts, when coming across the runway, can make for a challenging landing, but pilots are well-versed to land in those conditions.
"It is routine," aviation expert James-Paul Dice tells FOX Weather. He says pilots have two maneuvers when dealing with crosswinds: They can hold the wing down into the wind and hold the center line with the plane's rudder, or do what's called the "crab and kick" method.
"Allow the airplane to 'crab' (continue forward but turned at an angle to the runway)," he says, "and then center the airplane at the last minute using the rudder."
The plane landed safely.
"Many of the larger jets can handle crosswinds over 40 mph," Dice said. "These limitations are based on the authority of the rudder."