A British Airways pilot saved the day after a plane bounced off the runway thanks to strong crosswinds

  • On Friday, a British Airways flight from Hyderabad, India, to London, UK, was attempting to land at Heathrow Airport when strong crosswinds picked up.
  • The plane was rocked side to side by the winds as it started to touch down but then bounced off its back tires before pulling up into the sky again.
  • A video of the incident, which Big Jet TV captured and posted on Twitter on Friday, has gone viral.
  • In a statement to NDTV, British Airways said the plane’s pilot conducted a standard manoeuvre known as a “go around” after the initial landing attempt.
  • This landing manoeuvre, in which the aircraft circles the airport and lands safely, is fairly common and well-known among pilots.

If you’re truly afraid of flying you might want to click away from this story now (here’s something more pleasant to read instead). But, if you’re here for the drama then keep scrolling because this video of a British Airways flight bouncing off the runway is something you need to see.

Late last week, a British Airways flight from Hyderabad to London’s Heathrow Airport was closing in on its landing when strong crosswinds picked up. As a video of the attempted landing shows, the massive aircraft is pushed back and forth and side to side several times as it attempts to land. The aircraft comes close to touching down, but instead, in a heart-pounding moment bounces off the runway on its back tires instead.

But, this is British Airways we’re talking about, which means that the plane also came with one of the best pilots in the world. So, instead of letting things go haywire the pilot quickly pulls the plane up into the sky to circle the airport to land safely.

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“Well done pilot!” Big Jet TV said in its tweet of the video, which now has more than 3 million views.

“Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a ‘go around’,” British Airways told NDTV in a statement. “The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely.”

While the idea of an aborted landing like this, otherwise known as a “take off/go around,” sounds scary, it’s really a fairly common and well-known manoeuvre by pilots. In fact, according to Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, there are about 800 standard go-arounds performed in Australia alone in a typical year. So, if this happens to you just sit back, relax, and enjoy an extra five minutes in the air.

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