The latest named storm to batter the UK has caused difficulties for pilots and drama for passengers as planes have struggled to land in high winds. Storm Eleanor has pounded the UK with hurricane force winds in some areas, bringing flooding and powercuts to thousands of homes. Winds of over 100mph were recorded in the Pennines overnight, and speeds reached 90mph in Northern Ireland, the Met Office said.
Dramatic footage recorded by a passenger on the flight, the BA8705 from Edinburgh, showed the left wing of the plane rocking turbulently from side to side as the jet descended onto the runway. Just before touching down onto the tarmac, the footage shows the plane taking off again.
An announcement by onboard air crew can be heard in the clip telling passengers that the captain had discontinued “the approach” and told travellers to remain seated with their seatbelts fastened.
The man who shared the video online, Graham Kirk, called it a “rollercoaster ride” but praised the pilot for his smooth handling of the windy weather. “Someone buy that captain a beer,” he said on Twitter.
A British Airways spokeswoman said: “The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely. “Safety is always our top priority and our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a ‘go around’.”
Flight maps show how the plane came in over Essex to land in the east London airport, but had to regain altitude and loop around for a second attempt. Despite the problems, the pilot still managed to get his passengers into the airport just over 10 minutes late.
London City wasn’t the only airport to experience problems because of the Atlantic storm. A number of flights have been disrupted at London’s airports as well as Leeds-Bradford in Yorkshire.