Flight to Lon­don from city bounces, aborts land­ing

Deccan Chronicle - - City -

Lon­don, Feb. 9: A British Air­ways flight from Hy­der­abad was forced to abort its first land­ing at­tempt at Lon­don’s Heathrow Air­port, sec­onds after touch­ing down on the run­way amid gusty winds. The pas­sen­ger jet landed safely at Heathrow Air­port only 18 min­utes later, de­spite the se­vere weather con­di­tions. Flight BA276, which took off from the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, was due to land after 12.30 pm on Fri­day but after ini­tially touch­ing down the run­way fol­low­ing a wob­bly de­scent, the pilots aborted the land­ing. The flight’s trou­bles were linked with the stormy con­di­tions as the UK has been lashed by harsh winds of around 112 km per hour due to this week’s storm Erik.

“Our highly skilled pilots reg­u­larly train to con­duct the stan­dard ma­noeu­vre known as a ‘go around’. The air­craft cir­cled the air­port and landed safely,” a BA spokesper­son said.

Videos on so­cial me­dia show the air­craft vis­i­bly shak­ing and bounc­ing as it at­tempts to touch down, with the wheels even hit­ting the tar­mac be­fore the pi­lot takes off once more. In air­line par­lance, such a ma­noeu­vre is re­ferred to as TOGA, or Take Off/Go Around, used when­ever an ap­proach to the run­way be­comes un­sta­ble. The pilots were widely lauded on Twit­ter to pulling off a safe land­ing after the ini­tial hic­cup. The UK’s Met Of­fice had is­sued se­vere weather warn­ings for Fri­day as storm Erik caused tor­ren­tial rain and gusty winds around the coun­try.

A screen­grab of the video where the British Air­ways flight bounces, aborts land­ing due to gusty winds.

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