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Storm Dennis Forces World’s Largest Passenger Plane To Land Sideways

 

Storm Dennis rocked the UK over the weekend, causing havoc to commuters. But spare a thought for the pilot who had to try and land the world’s largest passenger plane at Heathrow Airport. Faced with 91mph winds, the pilot of the Etihad Airways A380 was forced to land sideways on the runway.

A breathtaking video has now been shared showing the moment the flight approached the landing strip, struggling to gain control as the powerful gales smacked against the side of the aircraft.

Fortunately, the flight landed safely and no passengers were harmed.

This comes as airlines took precautionary measures over the weekend, with hundreds of flights cancelled, impacting customers at British Airways and EasyJet.

EasyJet had to pull 352 scheduled flights over Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, bosses at British Airways confirmed they had decided to merge a number of their short-haul flights from Heathrow heading to the same destination and use larger aircraft to consolidate the number of passengers.

A spokeswoman for Heathrow Airport told The Metro: “To minimise the number of flights cancelled at short notice we have taken the joint decision, alongside our airline and air traffic partners, to pre-emptively consolidate today’s schedule.”

The plane had to land sideways in 91mph winds. Credit: SpeedBird TV
The plane had to land sideways in 91mph winds. Credit: SpeedBird TV

But it’s not just planes that have been affected by Dennis.

The MV Alta cargo ship, which is believed to have originated in either Tanzania or Panamanian, was spotted in Ballycotton, County Cork, on Sunday morning (16 February).

The Irish Coast Guard says a 10-man crew had been rescued from the 77-metre freighter after it became disabled back in October 2018.

The ship was on its way from Greece to Haiti when it got into some trouble and drifted for almost 20 days. A rescue mission was launched when the crew radioed for help after running low on food and water.

The abandoned ship washed up on the Irish coast on Sunday morning (February 16). Credit: Michael Mac Sweeney
The abandoned ship washed up on the Irish coast on Sunday morning (February 16). Credit: Michael Mac Sweeney

The stranded shipmates were eventually taken off the freighter when they were about 2,220km off the coast of Bermuda, and since then it has continued to drift eastwards.

Following the powerful winds from Storm Dennis, it has now crashed against the rocks of Ballycotton.

Speaking about the find, Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat Operations manager John Tattan told The Irish Examiner: “This is one in a million.

“It has come all the way up from the African coast, west of the Spanish coast, west of the English coast and up to the Irish coast.

“I have never, ever seen anything abandoned like that before.”


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