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Watch: Siberian wind pulls 41-ton Boeing 737 along the runway like it’s a toy

March 24th, 2016 at 2:50 PM
Boeing 737 Pulled Runway Siberian Wind

Planes and high winds aren’t the best of friends, especially when the aircraft is grounded. We’ve seen storms lift parked planes off the ground in the past, but that’s nothing compared to what you’re about to see in this video. Hurricane winds in the Siberian city of Norilsk were able to pull a Boeing 737-800 jet along a runway while witnesses recorded the whole thing.

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Empty, the airliner weighs some 41.5 tons, RT reports, and as much as 79 tons when fully loaded at takeoff. But the high-speed Siberian winds have no problem moving the plane along the runway.

“The first time I see such a thing. Northern elements are unleashed in earnest,” Kraina Kalinushkina said on Facebook when posting the video embedded below.

The entire event was recorded at the Alykel airport, located west of Norilsk, a region that’s facing some bad weather at the moment. Winds were reaching speeds of 33 meters per second on Wednesday when the video was uploaded, which translates to speeds of up to 120kmh, or about 74mph. RT says that on the same day, a roof fragment was torn from one of the city’s buildings and dropped on a car, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring three others.

... ! ! ! ... 100-тонный боинг в Алыкель на перроне мотает ветром как игрушку...Я такое вижу впервые! Северная стихия разгулялась не на шутку!

Posted by Карина Калинушкина on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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