Daredevil pilot makes stunning sideways landing as storm lashes airport
The strong winds have badly affected transport facilities in the UK as more rain is expected to add to the already severely saturated ground
In the wake of the battering Storm Callum, the UK is experiencing such strong winds that even distinguished guests at Friday's royal wedding found themselves running after their hats. The storm resulted in widespread chaos across various transport facilities, with many flights and train journeys canceled or delayed, aside from making off with millinery, Ladbible reports.
While many planes were prohibited from flying, one of them managed to take off and even land again safely, albeit inches from disaster. On October 12, the pilot of a TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft had to land the plane sideways owing to tough winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport.
UK-based Youtuber MrAviationGuy posted the harrowing footage on his channel, explaining: "Strong winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport on 12th October 2018 due to Storm Callum caused this TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft to come in nearly sideways. 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 channel, which is widely known for its 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 might seem that the worst is over, more rain is expected to add to the already severely saturated ground on Sunday as Callum continues its journey. According to the BBC, there are already 11 flood warnings active. Two people were killed as torrential rain brought flooding and treacherous conditions to western parts and around coastal areas on Friday and Saturday. And a third man died after a landslide near the village of Cwmduad in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, when he reportedly got out of his car to look at some of the devastation that had been caused by the storm.
Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and south Powys in Wales being the worst affected. River levels are expected to recede as soon as the wet weather calms down.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman added an update: "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."