The footage shows the Alligient Airlines flight being thrown around in the stormy weather as it tried to touch down at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The Alligient airline was buffeted by ferocious winds and drifting off course as it attempted to land.
The flight, travelling from Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, was eventually diverted to Raleigh. The video was recorded by Ed Piotrowski, chief meteorologist at ABC 15. He wrote on Twitter: 'Incredible video of a plane battling strong crosswinds at Myrtle Beach International Airport today they couldn't land!'
After he posted the video online, one commentator said: 'That pilot deserves a medal for keeping those people safe!' Another said: 'Oh my God, that's insane I'm glad they got out of it.' Christopher Nieman said: 'Just the fact that this pilot and aircraft survived this wild approach is amazing.'
Kirk Lovell, spokesperson for the Horry County Department of Airports, confirmed the incident. He added there were multiple delays and cancellations due to Irma throughout that day.
High winds are not dangerous but they can be very inconvenient, especially if the wind direction is across the runway. All pilots train to land in high crosswind conditions and will have practiced to the aircraft limits in the simulator. In practice, the wind is rarely aligned fully with the runway so there is always a slight crosswind to deal with, it is just the amount of it that changes.
Dai Whittingham, the chief executive of the UK Flight Safety Committee, stated that while crosswinds appear dangerous, they are an everyday occurrence.
He said: ‘High winds in themselves are not dangerous but they can certainly be inconvenient, especially if the wind direction is across the runway.
‘All pilots train to land in high crosswind conditions and will have practiced to the aircraft limits in the simulator.