Better to be lucky than good; though it helps enormously if you’re both

Have a look at this Tu-154B-2 being flown after 10 years in storage. The aircraft is suffering from limited aileron authority (but a fully functional rudder), which induces a classic case of Dutch roll. Somehow the pilot manages to put her on the ground and not kill himself in the process. Camera work leaves a little to be desired, though.

First video features a flypast of the crippled airliner, showing the roll oscillations.

Second video has the approach and landing from the 1:30 mark, but the flare and touchdown are obscured by trees.

Here’s a pic snagged from a Russian forum showing the aircraft just before flare and touchdown. Doesn’t look too promising, but at least it ended well.

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