This is an absolutely stunning piece of footage of coming into Queenstown, NZ to land. It appears to be in a commercial jet, based on how he needs nearly every foot of runway available to get the thing stopped at the end. And the descent through the clouds…with the sharp-edged Remarkables mountains directly ahead and Lake Wakatipu below…well, this is why passengers get windows that look out the sides, so they don’t scream, pass out, etc.
When I flew into Queenstown a couple of years ago, WITHOUT the cloud layer, it felt like we were dropping a coin into a coin slot. What’s impressive here in the video is when they drop out of the bottom of the cloud, how close the mountains are on both sides AND they’re maybe 1 to 2 miles* from the runway threshold at that point.
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* By my calculations, it’s 40 seconds from when they break clear of the clouds over the lake. If it’s a 737-300, it’ll be landing at roughly 160 mph, or 2.7 miles/minute. So my math gives me 1.6 miles. Oh, and that runway is just over a mile long.
Thanks to YouTube user MrGoodviewsPerson for the footage.