A terrifying video shows the moment a passenger jet was forced to abort its landing during Britain's 'storm of the century'
Onlookers were amazed to watch a British Airways flight abort a rocky landing on Sunday at London's Heathrow Airport during high winds from Winter 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" attempt. 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.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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 some commentators as the UK's "storm of the century." The aviation livestreaming 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.
BA 777 Touch & Go from todays #StormCiara show. 👏 pic.twitter.com/sn3MOJ1BuG — 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 Winter 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."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Lamborghini's new hybrid is bad for the environment
More like this (3)
Severe weather warnings are downgraded but certain areas remain floodedFlood-hit areas have experienced further disruption after...Severe weather warnings are downgraded but certain areas remain floodedFlood-hit areas have experienced further disruption after Storm Jorge battered the UK with strong winds and heavy downpours.The latest bout of extreme weather comes after the country experienced the wettest February since records began. Continue reading...
Video shows the moment a double-tiered Airbus A380 made a sideways 'crab' landing while battling 50 mph winds at Heathrow Airport
A hair-raising video shows the moment an Airbus A380 landed sideways at Heathrow Airport as high...A hair-raising video shows the moment an Airbus A380 landed sideways at Heathrow Airport as high winds from Storm Dennis pummeled the UK. The two-tiered plane can be seen fighting the winds, almost at a 90-degree angle to the runway, before finally touching down. Winds around the airport reached 50 mph on Saturday, Sky News reported. Hundreds of flights in and out of the UK were canceled over the weekend because of the storm. Scroll down to see the video of the landing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An agonizing video shows the moment a two-tiered Airbus A380 was forced to land sideways at London Heathrow Airport as high winds pummeled the UK. The Etihad aircraft used the "crosswind," or "crab," landing tactic during its arrival from Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Sky News reported. The aircraft, which weighs 1.2 million pounds, is the world's largest passenger plane. It is typically flown by two pilots, according to Sky News. Hundreds of flights into and out of the UK were canceled because of high winds from Storm Dennis, which struck the UK over the weekend. The UK-based easyJet alone canceled more than 230 flights on Saturday, the newspaper Metro reported. Watch the video of the landing, taken by planespotters at SpeedbirdTV, here: The skill of two pilots was captured on video as they landed the world's largest passenger plane sideways while battling heavy crosswinds at Heathrow AirportRead more on #StormDennis here: https://t.co/CmFeiRKwiO pic.twitter.com/XEkRQfPGXd — Sky News (@SkyNews) February 17, 2020 This kind of landing is typically attempted in a crosswind — when high winds are blowing across runways — and pilots of incoming aircraft have to face their planes into the prevailing wind as a means of stabilizing the plane before landing. Les Westbrooks, a retired airline pilot who is now an aeronautical professor, told Business Insider's Alex Appolonia how this landing worked: "At the last minute, we want to move the nose of the aircraft parallel with the runway, but soon as we do that, the aircraft's going to start blowing off to the side of the runway with the wind," he said. "So in order to counteract that, we'd lower the wing, the upwind wing, we lower the wing, and straighten the nose out, and a perfect crosswind landing will be when the upwind wheel touches down first, the aircraft is straight down the runway, and then the second wheel will come down after that." Storm Dennis brought high winds and record rainfall in the UK, with meteorologists recording 91-mph winds in Aberdaron, Wales, on Saturday evening. Authorities have put in severe flood warnings across England and Wales. Read more: Delta says it will spend $1 billion to be carbon neutral, the latest airline announcing a radical shift to make flying less destructive Airbus unveiled a futuristic plane prototype with one giant wing and no separate fuselage I flew in a seaplane for the first time, and I'd say it's easily the most fun way to fly 14 Americans who got the coronavirus from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were flown home in an 'isolation box' at the back of the plane Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Watch how planes land sideways in high crosswinds
A massive storm battering the UK has helped a British Airways plane from New York to London smash the record for the fastest-ever transatlantic flight
A British Airways flight from New York to London beat the world record for the fastest-ever...A British Airways flight from New York to London beat the world record for the fastest-ever transatlantic flight on Saturday. Flight BA112 took just four hours and 56 minutes, landing around two hours earlier than expected at London Heathrow Airport, according to FlightRadar24. The Boeing 747 plane's speedy journey was completed thanks to 200 mph winds in the "supercharged" jet stream, CNN reported. The strong winds came as Storm Ciara battered the UK and Ireland from Saturday. A man died in Southern England on Monday after the wind toppled a tree, which fell on his car, the BBC reported. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A British Airways flight smashed the record for the fastest-ever subsonic passenger flight to have flown across the Atlantic on Saturday, after a storm battering the UK hugely accelerated wind speeds in the jet stream. Flight BA112 took just four hours and 56 minutes to make its journey from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on Saturday. It arrived at 4:43 a.m. UK time that day, almost two hours earlier than expected, according to flight-tracking site FlightRadar24. The average time for this journey is normally six hours and 30 minutes. The accelerated journey also decreased the total amount of fuel consumption, FlightRadar24 said. "The flight took advantage of a well-placed and strong jet stream to reach London in under 5 hours," FlightRadar24 said. The jet stream is a core of strong winds, measuring between five to seven miles, that blow from west to east — so, from North America to Europe — across the North Atlantic Ocean. It's located in the tropopause, above the Earth's surface. Winds in the jet stream reached 200 mph at the time of the flight, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. You can see the jet stream around the time of Saturday's record flight illustrated here: The exceptionally strong winds on Saturday came around the same time Storm Ciara arrived in the UK and Ireland, bringing severe winds and widespread flooding to the country over the weekend. A 58-year-old man died on Monday after a tree fell on his car while he was driving in southern England, the BBC reported. The jet stream that turbo-charged the British Airways flight also helped power Storm Ciara's winds toward the UK and Ireland, CNN reported. British Airways beat a Virgin Atlantic plane, which was travelling on the same night, by exactly one minute, FlightRadar24 reported. Flight VS4 took a total of four hours and 57 minutes. Fastest across the Atlantic tonight from New York to London so far is #BA112 at 4hr56m. #VS4 in 4:57, and #VS46 in 4:59. https://t.co/gfYoHGV3Y6https://t.co/kMhjCqdEttIf we're not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian. pic.twitter.com/Sr1GPeAjuh — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 9, 2020 The previous record for the same New-York-to-London route was held by a Boeing 787 plane flown by Norwegian Airlines, which took five hours and 13 minutes in January 2018. Referring to its Saturday flight, a British Airways spokesman told Business Insider: "We always prioritize safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time." Storm Ciara was responsible for major travel disruptions across over the weekend, with 25,000 passengers affected by flight cancellations from Heathrow Airport alone, according to the Independent.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Lamborghini's new hybrid is bad for the environment