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Spectacular landing: A380 pilots celebrated for maneuvers in Storm Dennis video

An Airbus A380 had to make a spectacular "crab landing" or crosswind landing at London's Heathrow Airport in strong winds at the weekend.

The name derives from the way crabs move sideways across the beach. Similarly, the Etihad Airways plane was approaching the runway due to strong crosswinds – a maneuver that requires pilots to keep their cool.

The plane, the world's largest passenger airliner, to depart from Abu Dhabi made its successful landing at London's main airport on Saturday. Dozens of flights were grounded due to winds of up to 110 km/h.

In the video of a so-called "planespotter" you can see how the plane appears to hover in the air over the runway. Just before landing, the tail of the plane swings around. At first it looks like the plane is having trouble reaching the ground, but then it turns and touches the runway relatively shallowly.

The aircraft is banked sharply to the left before finally being brought in line with the runway and allowed to coast down.

The two Etihad pilots were praised on social media for their cool heads in handling an aircraft weighing up to 394 tonnes.

Storm Dennis wreaked havoc across much of northern Europe this weekend. One person died in the UK.

Watch the turbulent landing of the plane in the video player above.

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