Passenger planes buffeted by strong crosswinds
PILOTS battled strong crosswinds to land planes at Manchester Airport yesterday.
Passenger planes were being buffeted from side to side as they made final approaches.
Winds reached speeds of up to 35mph, according to Met Office forecasts for the Greater Manchester area.
But skilled pilots, who are well used to flying and landing planes in gusty conditions, made it look easy to touch down.
The conditions aren’t as bad as last month, when pilots landing and taking off at the airport had to contend with Storm Deidre.
Some aircraft were observed performing a go-around manoeuvre – part of a standard landing procedure to take the jet around for another go at approaching a runway if it’s not completely lined up to land or experiences a late, sudden gust of wind, which stormy conditions often bring.
The windy weather however is set to calm, according to forecasters.
The Met Office said winds would ease, but become colder as they do.
After showers were set to hit Greater Manchester overnight, a ‘patchy frost’ is expected from early this morning.
The Met Office said: “Tuesday will be breezy, with patchy rain. Rain will be followed by blustery showers on Wednesday, and then after a frosty start on Thursday, it will be sunnier and colder.”
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One of the planes landing at the airport yesterday