Terrifying Passenger Jet Landings in Spain: DNews Nuggets

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Windy Landings: Ever seen a jet land sideways? As strange as that may sound, pilots landing passenger jets at Bilbao’s Loiu airport in Spain were forced to battle extreme crosswinds to get their passengers safely on the ground. One can only imagine how the passengers must have felt — one jet had more than a bumpy landing while another pilot had to pull up last minute to try again. Kudos to the pilots; those are the guys you’d want landing your plane. (10:20 p.m.) via BBC News

The Bin Laden Memo: In Time Magazine’s cover story, “The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden,” then CIA-chief Leon Panneta penned a letter that gave the final go ahead with the raid and “assault” that eventually killed Bin Laden. In the piece, Peter Bergen says that Obama’s call to go ahead, came “despit Joe Biden and Robert Gates’ disapproval,” according to the Atlantic Wire.In a kind of “chicken scratch,” the memo reads:

“Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.” (3:57pm) via Atlantic Wire

What Does ‘Cage Free’ Mean?: Burger King has promised to only use “cage-free” chicken and pork over the coming years. But what does that mean? Grist reports that cage-free chickens are those that are not kept in tiny cages, but still penned in, not roaming freely around buttercup-strewn fields. Cage-free pork doesn’t officially exist, but Burger King is saying they won’t use meat from pigs kept in cages only as big as they are while they’re pregnant. Their pigs will be able to walk around in some sort of enclosure. It’s a better deal for the animals, sure, but Grist notes that it’s more a win for the “Good Food Movement” and a sign of how far it’s come. (12:11 a.m.) via Grist

Think Foreign: Not sure you should make that investment? Think it over in another language. According to a new study from the University of Chicago, people are more likely to take favorable risks when they think in their non-native tongue. It may seem odd, but the researchers’ explanation is that thinking in a foreign language provides a distance that allows a person to think through something with less emotional attachment. “An emotional reaction could lead to decisions that are motivated more by fear than by hope, even when the odds are highly favorable,” explained UChicago graduate student Sayuri Hayakawa. Yet another reason to brush up on your Spanish. (8:53 a.m.) via UChicago News

Bird Strike Forces Jet Blue Emergency Landing: Getting bug guts smeared across your windshield while driving is never pleasant. Geese guts are even worse. A JetBlue Embraer 190 aircraft bound for West Palm Beach, Fl., made an emergency landing just north of New York City, after it hit a goose shortly after taking off. The JetBlue Flight 571 landed safely at Westchester County Airport. (5:53 a.m.) via AP

ANALYSIS: Why Do Geese and Airplanes Collide?