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Pax give Jetstar pilot top marks for Sydney storm landing

April 24, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Passengers on a Jetstar flight that made a “go around” at Sydney Airport during Sydney’s mega-storm early yesterday morning have hailed their pilot as a hero for making the right decision seconds from touching down.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph related how, just before touchdown, the pilot made a split-second decision to pull up and try again.

The paper quoted a passenger who said the pilot was “a bit of a hero really”. The landing approach took place in extremely murky conditions, with the plane buffeted by howling crosswinds.

The flight was JQ989 from Perth.

Only when the plane climbed above the storm did the pilot make an announcement to explain what had occurred. He would have been too busy flying the plane before that.

The passenger interviewed said that although some aboard the plane were very frightened, there were no screams.

After circling for about 20 minutes the flight was cleared for a second landing, which went well and gained applause from everyone aboard, all of whom were very happy to be back on the ground.

A Jetstar spokeswoman confirmed the flight made a second landing attempt just after 6am due to very “poor visibility” on first approach.

“All our pilots are trained to the highest standards and this can happen in very bad weather as we are having in Sydney at the moment,” the spokeswoman told the paper.

Written by : Peter Needham

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