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February 26, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Ferocious storms and extreme weather slammed Britain recently, producing some challenging landings at British airports that tested the skill of pilots and the nerves of passengers.

Five aircraft unable to land at Heathrow and Gatwick came perilously close to running out of fuel in the storms, Britain’s Sunday Times reported.

Aircraft unable to land at airports in England’s southeast a week or so ago were diverted to Manchester, where they were met by emergency crews.

A British Airways flight from Moscow to Heathrow with 143 passengers aboard aborted one landing as it was hit by a strong gust ofTICBanner wind only 10 metres above the runway.

Jonathan Swain, an ITV reporter on BA flight 767, said on Twitter: “My most frightening flight. People screaming as thrown around by strong winds. Even the cabin crew were worried. We [were] like a paper plane swinging over London approaching HRW Heathrow].”

The video below was shot on the weekend of 15/16 February at Birmingham Airport and shows a  plane believed to be a First Choice (Thomson Holidays) 767-300ER, with pilots battling strong crosswinds and violent turbulence.

The 767 touches down on one set of wheels and then the other before it bounces up and slams onto the runway. A slow-motion shot of the wheel impact is provided.

If you’re nervous about flying perhaps don’t watch it – but plenty of people have. At last check the YouTube video was heading for 7 million views.

It shows how strong planes are – they are built to take this sort of punishment.

You can view it below or by clicking here.


Written by : Peter Needham

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