Pas­sen­ger planes buf­feted by strong cross­winds

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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

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