First, it's entirely possible they meant 150 kilometers per hour, which would be about 93 mph. Generally, only hurricanes, tornadoes and micro-bursts from thunderstorms are capable of producing such powerful surface winds, although non-tropical storms at sea can sometimes approach those numbers. But even landing in a 90 mph wind normally = a crash.
The winds came from "Emma", a powerful low pressure storm system that pounded eastern Europe over the weekend (they name regular storms over there). According to CNN:
Wind gusts of up to 190 km/h (118 mph) -- the strength of a Category 3 hurricane -- were clocked in the higher elevations of Austria, Corriveau said..So let's check reality here, if 155 mph occurred at that airport they would convert to 250 kp/h, which wasn't mentioned in the CNN story. Here's a story mentioning 155 kp/h, so maybe they transposed the numbers.
But wait. After a painstaking 5 minutes of Googling, a further review gets closer to the truth!
A Lufthansa jet struggled through 90 kilometer-per-hour (56 miles per hour) crosswinds on its approach into the Hamburg airport.Let's see, MSNBC says 150 mph, Der Speigel says 56 mph. Need anymore reasons not to trust the Olbermann network? It's actually a relief, since the notion of an airline pilot trying to land in the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane is far too much to bear, especially since the tower must read them the latest wind speed BEFORE they decide to land. Landing in 50+ mph winds is tough enough, as can be seen.
By the way, nothing unusual about a crosswind landing, they happen every day around the world. Here's one:
Good thing they don't show live landing video to people sitting in the seats.