- Onlookers were amazed to watch a British Airways flight abort a rocky landing on Sunday at London’s Heathrow Airport during high winds from Storm Ciara.
- Footage caught by Big Jet TV showed a Boeing 777 passing overhead before wobbling and bouncing as its wheels touched the ground — but then taking off again in what was described as a “touch and go.”
- The UK braced itself to be buffeted by gusts forecast to be up to 60 mph over the weekend, which caused massive disruption to air, rail, and road transport networks.
- More than 20 missed landings were reported from the high-volume London airport during the storm.
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A jet was caught on video making a “touch-and-go” landing at Heathrow Airport on Sunday during high winds caused by a storm dubbed by one tabloid as the UK’s “storm of the century.”
The aviation live-streaming channel Big Jet TV recorded a plane identified as a Boeing 777 making a heart-stopping attempt to land at the London airport.
In the footage, the aircraft passed overhead on its descent, wheels down and tipping from side to side in the air before the tires made bumpy contact with the runway.
Though the landing seemed complete, the plane looked slightly askew on the runway and continued forward before taking off again.
—BIG JET TV (@BigJetTVLIVE) February 9, 2020
“Let’s applaud the pilots and crew who do such an incredible job in all conditions!” the Twitter account of Big Jet TV commented.
The UK has been under a storm alert since Friday, when the UK’s national weather service, the Met Office, issued an amber — mid-level — warning for heavy rain and widespread gales across much of England and Wales. The impact of the storm, dubbed Storm Ciara, has been felt across all transport networks.
The flight captured on film was not the only one that had to abort its landing at Heathrow on Sunday during the storm, which was forecast to have inland winds of up to 60 mph.
“Go-arounds,” in which the landing is aborted before the wheels touch the ground, were more common, however.
A 2017 report by Heathrow Airport described missed landings or “go-arounds” as a “well-practiced and safe procedure which pilots and air traffic controllers are trained and prepared for.”
The most common reason for such landings is that previous aircraft have not yet vacated the runway.
In 2017, there were 582 go-arounds at the airport, but Big Jet TV said there were at least 20 just on Sunday amid the tough weather conditions.
Network Rail, the central body for the UK’s rail network, told passengers on Friday not to travel by train on Sunday unless it was “absolutely necessary.”
British Airways said in a statement: “Like all airlines operating into and out of the UK … we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK.”
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