On the regularly scheduled flight EK35 between Dubai and Newcastle, the passengers experienced probably one of the scariest ordeals in their life. The flight went smoothly and the Emirates Boeing 777 approached Newcastle International Airport to land. Pilots know that heavy crosswinds are very relevant in the airport, specifically if the weather is not nice.
As the Emirates aircraft approached the runway, it appeared very wobbly and it even made a sideways approach, to counteract the wind gusts. A very rough landing followed. As the crosswinds made the aircraft unstable, the pilots attempted a rare maneuver – instead of engaging rear thrust, they powered up the engines and lifted off the ground once again. The pilots attempted a second approach - a go-around.
In the video, you could hear the pilots reporting that they experienced wind shear.
What is wind shear I hear you asking? Long story short - wind shear is a difference in wind speed or direction over a very short distance. Hence, wind shear could expose planes to rapid changes in the amount of lift and airspeed generated. As a result of this, an accident might happen if the aircraft is too low to the ground.
Yet, knowing all of this, passengers and pilots alike did not worry too much. The machines soaring through the skies are one of the most modern pieces of technology available in commercial use. Pilots that control these machines go through a rough and long training process. Even after they receive their commercial pilots’ license, they still put in numerous hours in the simulator. They are preparing for situations such as these.
After the second attempt, the pilots landed the Boeing 777 safely. A passenger in the comments section noted that “It was scary landing and I was beside myself when we took straight off again. The second attempt was much better but was so pleased to finally land.”
Engineers inspected the aircraft to check for any faults of the landing gear. They deemed the aircraft to be safe. Thus, it resumed daily service.
Good thing the aircraft involved was not the Bling 777 – it would’ve caused a few diamonds to be lost!