- A brutal winter storm blasted the East Coast on Friday as it morphed from a nor’easter to a “bomb cyclone.”
- The storm made for tricky flying conditions, with winds whipping around planes on takeoffs and landings.
Violent winds from the winter storm pounding the East Coast on Friday whipped around several planes trying to take off and land at the Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
Winter Storm Riley brought rain, sleet, and powerful gusts of wind as it quickly escalated from a nor’easter to what meteorologists call a “bomb cyclone.”
The National Weather Service warned people to take the storm seriously, calling it a “LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the coast.”
The Reagan National Airport warned passengers to expect “high winds” in the DC area and noted that many airlines had issued weather waivers.
But some flights attempted to power through the storm regardless.
Watch this plane abort its landing attempt at the airport:
Harrowing video shows a plane's aborted landing at Reagan National Airport amid intense winds. The plane was finally able to touch down on a different runway 10 minutes later. https://t.co/DAhE40nRmY pic.twitter.com/iLZ2HSEX1G
— ABC News (@ABC) March 2, 2018
And watch how this plane skids sideways at it takes off:
Check out the wind blowing this plane as it takes off at DCA pic.twitter.com/yiIFS06T2e
— Matt Ackland (@mattackland_dc) March 2, 2018
— Joe Spevak (@CameraCrazyFox5) March 2, 2018
The airport said on Twitter the high winds will likely continue, so passengers should check their flight statuses.
We expect windy conditions to continue tonight into tomorrow and encourage all passengers to check with their airline on the status of their flight before coming to the airport. Stay safe! pic.twitter.com/vaUVD3kXTo
— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) March 2, 2018