"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Monday, March 03, 2008

Airbus 320 - superb plane, superbly handled - watch this and then go and change your pants

A Lufthansa Airbus 320 with 137 passengers aboard arriving at Hamburg RWY23 from Munich struggled with 90 kilometer-per-hour (56 miles per hour) crosswinds on Saturday.

The plane momentarily landed and then took off again as 39 year old pilot "Oliver A.", executed a perfect emergency ascent and re-landing with skill and heroic calm.

The low pressure system that caused the violent winds, dubbed "Emma," caused millions of euros in damage across Europe over the weekend and caused the deaths of at least 13 people. See Photogallery of damage 20 pics

Some technically skilled and competent aerospotter (Stefan 171) managed to capture the incident in the pissing rain and wind. Uploaded for one day on Live Leak this has been seen so far by 2.7 Mn viewers. For free.

The Airbus 320 main wing spar is the longest, strongest piece of metal in any equipment anywhere. Because of this strength the Airbus 320 can land with a full fuel load.

All posts on Airbus v Boeing 787 here

UPDATE Tuesday 4th March It now appears that the first approach was made by the 24 year old female co-pilot , named only as Maxi J., according to a spokesman for the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation.

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