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Planes battle as wild winds whip Melbourne

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egtmedia59Video of a Qantas plane aborting a landing, and an apparent runway tail strike by Singapore Airlines, testify to the ferocity of a wild storm that battered Melbourne at the weekend, leaving 22,000 Victorian homes without power, flattening thousands of trees and killing a woman when a tree collapsed on her home.

Sunday saw many flights out of Melbourne Airport grounded. A Qantaslink flight from Canberra was forced to abort its landing at Melbourne Airport at the last minute after winds of 100 km/h ripped across the runway.

A video of that can be seen here:

Notation on the video says it was filmed on Sunday, showing a Qantaslink Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 (VH-OQT) and was filmed it from the top level of the T4 car park.

Meanwhile, the control tower at Melbourne Airport saw an apparent tail strike (when a plane’s tail hits the runway on take off) as Singapore Airlines flight SQ238 took to the air on the same windswept Sunday.

The facts were set out by the authoritative technical air safety site, Aviation Herald.

The B777-300’s tail skid device struck the runway (specifically designed to handle such incidents) kicking up sparks and smoke, but the flight lifted as normal and continued to Singapore.

The incident is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The control tower reported a possible tail strike and closed the runway in case debris needed to be cleared.

On arrival in Singapore, “inspection of the aircraft revealed the tail skid assembly did make contact with the runway surface, the tail skid assembly is being replaced”, the Aviation Herald reported.

Written by Peter Needham

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