Here is science, technology and human skills all coming together in a truly amazing landing at Queenstown Airport, New Zealand. Down through rugged mountains into cloud-filled twisting valleys the pilot breaks out the bottom of the clouds to make a perfect landing.
This post has received a huge number of comments from pilots round the world, including:
“Moments of grace…”
“Real life has great graphics”
“Sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won’t see in their lifetimes.”
“The best office view in the world”
“When I saw the first bankings early in the video, I thought, OK, s/he’s on approach… Then the mountains kept coming closer and clOser and CLOSER… and s/he was diving INTO CLOUDS near BIG MOUNTAINS, and I thought, oh boy, this is not going to end well…”
A couple of people have suggested this is a simulation, but based on the overwhelming response from pilots I am inclined to accept it on face value.
You can check out all the comments on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxmFCw-Dig
The video below is hi-def 1280×720 so make sure you hit the full-screen button after clicking play.