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​Pilot Lands Plane Sideways Due To Storm Callum's Strong Winds

​Pilot Lands Plane Sideways Due To Storm Callum's Strong Winds

Storm Callum has been battering the UK this weekend - bringing winds so strong that many of Friday's royal wedding guests found themselves running after their hats.

As well as making off with millinery, the storm has also resulted in widespread travel chaos, with many flights and train journeys cancelled or delayed.

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But while many planes were grounded, there was one that managed to make it up into the air and safely back down again - just.

Due to strong winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport on 12 October, the pilot of a TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft had to land the plane sideways.

Credit: Newsflare
Credit: Newsflare

I mean, usually when your plane lands things feel fairly bumpy and you're convinced that you're about to go hurtling into the airport. But sideways!?

Posting the footage on his YouTube channel, UK-based MrAviationGuy explained: "Strong winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport on the 12th October 2018 due to Storm Callum caused this TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft to come in nearly sideways.

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"Aircraft need to compensate for the crosswind otherwise they will be blown off course, they do this by pointing their nose into the direction the wind is coming from, demonstrated perfectly by this crew."

The YouTuber, who regularly films aviation videos, added: "It is always fascinating to watch planes landing in strong crosswinds; the power of mother nature vs the skill and professionalism of the brilliant airline pilots."

While it seems as though the worst is over with the storm, the chaos still isn't over.

With more rain expected for Sunday - adding to already severely saturated ground - the BBC reports that there are 11 flood warnings in place.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and south Powys in Wales have been badly hit, with the death of one man in Cwmduad. However, it is thought that river levels will start receding soon as the wet weather eases off.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "River levels in parts of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire are still exceptionally high and a number of roads and bridges remain closed.

"Officers continue to deal with a landslide on the A484 at Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, where tragically a man has died. The road is closed and will be for some time.

"Our advice is to only travel if it is essential. If you need to make a journey, check for road closures beforehand."

She added: "More rain is expected but at much lower levels than we've seen over the past few days.

"River levels are expected to drop over the next 18 hours, when more will be known about the full effect of the storm."

Stay safe out there.

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Topics: Weather, News, UK

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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