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British Airways jet forced to abort landing at windy Heathrow

Footage has emerged of the moment a plane landing was aborted in high winds at Heathrow Airport.

The BA jet, arriving from Aberdeen at around 10.50am on Monday, had to pull out because of strong winds affecting flights at the UK’s largest airport.

One set of the aircraft’s wheels touched down, but it rose again before both sets hit the runway, trailing smoke as they did so.

The plane’s right wing then lifted and the jet briefly moved along the runway at an angle with its left set of wheels on the ground.

The tail end of the fuselage then appeared to touch the ground, sending up more smoke, before the craft lifted and took off.

Paint dust can be seen coming off the tail after it strikes the runway, Big Jet TV said in a tweet, calling it a “tail strike”.

The pilot managed to successfully land the plane on a second attempt.

The airline said of the incident: “Our pilots are highly trained to manage a range of scenarios, including extreme weather conditions, and our flight crew landed the aircraft safely. Our customers and crew all disembarked as normal.”

High winds from Storm Corrie, which swept across the UK in the wake of Storm Malik over the weekend, brought gusts of up to 92mph.

It came after Malik killed at least four people across northern Europe, destroying houses, unleashing flooding and leaving thousands of households without electricity.

Heathrow, the UK’s largest airport, was used by more than 19 million passengers in 2021, less than one quarter of the total for the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

The airport has been recovering since travel restrictions started to ease – and from next Friday, 11 February, coronavirus tests for fully vaccinated arrivals in England are no longer required.



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