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Qantas flight lands superbly in ferocious Sydney storm

October 16, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 4 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The “once-in-a-century” storm that tore through Sydney on Tuesday night saw a Qantas crew make an incredibly difficult landing at Sydney Airport.

The story of how QF464 from Melbourne, the last plane into Sydney Airport, landed after circling for more than an hour was related graphically by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The ferociously intense storm remained over Sydney for hours, causing much flooding and damage. It also dumped heavy snow on the Blue Mountains, as the picture shows.Snow dumped on Blue Mountains by the storm

The QF464 flight crew were named by the Herald as Captain Jerem Zwart and first officer Lachlan Smale.

Action photographer and storm chaser Tony Harrington, who spends 10 months of the year chasing and filming storms in surf and snow, was on the flight from Melbourne. He told the paper that the landing drew rapturous applause after all aboard weathered the most incredible storm he had ever witnessed.

He said the aircraft was going “up and down and sideways”. In a statement that would warm Qantas’s heart, Harrington said he could tell that the pilot had it all under control and knew what he was doing throughout.

Qantas said the two on the flight deck had done an outstanding job in safely landing the flight during the stormy weather in Sydney,  “as did all our pilots” on the night.

Qantas pilots are acknowledged to be among the world’s best. While pilots are generally pretty well paid, at times like landing in a heavy storm or coping with sudden unforeseen difficulties, they really earn their money.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Hasn’t the skipper ever heard of the word divert? I think I’d rather divert to Canberra than be bounced around for over an hour circling and then finally making what would have been fairly dangerous landing. The few 737s that have gone down over the past decade have done so whilst trying to land in bad weather.

  2. Nicky says:

    And THAT is why the QF pilots earn the bigger bucks and why the airline is going down a slippery slope. They are well-trained and experienced, and working for what has always been a top tier carrier, not a bucket shop airline.

  3. janety keppke says:

    Great to see some positive comment from a passenger when airline staff/pilots are doing their best and undertaking a difficult job with a lot of responsibility. Sure the Captain would have been aware of his options and I would have thought that he made his decision on the best option as he saw it at the time.
    In this new multi media instant comment world: people are all too keen to pass negative comments, rarely does on see
    people passing positive comments : so great..

  4. Bill Abbott says:

    Hasn’t AGENTGERKO got anything positive to say anything or does he just take his angry pills on a daily bases.

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