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Lufthansa Passengers Endure Close-Call Landing

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A Lufthansa Airlines flight attempting to land in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday got caught in strong cross-winds, sending the plane teetering on the tarmac.

Passengers experienced a frightening ride as the aircraft tipped and one of the wings scraped the runway. The pilot brought the plane back into the air and made a successful landing the second time around.

George Bibel, author of Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes, talks about what's behind safe airplane landings, and why he wasn't surprised that the Lufthansa plane ultimately made it to safety.

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