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WestJet 2 months ago from its YouTube account:
This is truly a rare occurrence and even more rare to catch it on video. You really were at the right place at the right time! We are very happy with how our ground crew and TechOps AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer) handled this situation. Our AME (in the blue vest) was at the aircraft within 10 seconds and our ramp crews (yellow/orange vests) had all ground service equipment away from the aircraft within 40 seconds, which prevented any damage to the aircraft and kept our crews and guests safe while they secured the aircraft with a tug and tow bar. This video is a great reminder of the power of Mother Nature!
The Yakovlev Yak-3 (Як-3) was a World War II Russian fighter. Robust and easy to maintain it was much liked by pilots and crew alike. It was one of the smallest and lightest mainstream combat fighters used during the war. With a high power to weight ratio it had excellent performance and was a formidable dogfighter. Marcel Albert the top scoring WW II French ace who flew the Yak 3 in the USSR with the Normandie Niemen group considered it a superior aircraft to both the P51 Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire.
The Yak-3 represented the culmination of Alexandr Sergeevich Yakovlev’s development of lightweight fighter types during the Second World War. As such, it was designed as a short range, agile interceptor to gain control of local airspace during the great Soviet offensive operations of the last two years of the war. The Yak-3 entered service in 1944 and had such an impressive rate of roll, turn and climb that German pilots were instructed not to engage these fighters below 5000 m. Overall, 4848 Yak-3s were produced.