On Mar 3, 2008 a Lufthansa Airbus narrowly aborts a landing at Hamburg, Germany, while fighting 40 knot crosswinds.
November 4, 2007, London- Wow! That was an exciting headline. The trick was that the SriLankan Airlines Airbus took of after it had clipped the wing of a 747 during taxi at Heathrow Airport. No biggie.
The winglets on modern aircraft are there to increase fuel efficiency by redirecting air flow coming off the wings. They are not part of the control systems nor do they provide lift as the wings do. The removal of the winglet, while unusual, did not pose a safety risk to flight.
If you were a passenger on this flight,what would you have done?