A British Airways flight was caught on camera aborting a landing as it attempted to touch down at Heathrow Airport. Storm Erik is currently hitting the UK with 70mph winds and heavy rain – with the bad weather set to continue into tomorrow. The BA plane was filmed being severely buffeted by the storm’s high-intensity gales. It can be seen being rocked from side to side as it approached the runway at Heathrow.
The aircraft continues to be swayed in the strong winds as it touches down on the asphalt.
But no sooner has it shakily hit the ground, the plane takes off again and soars back up into the sky after the pilot decided to abort the landing.
British Airways have revealed such a move is a “standard manoeuvre” which BA pilots are well trained for.
The aircraft went on to land safely after it circled the airport, the airline said.
A BA spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a ‘go around’. The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely.”
Most UK cities will be pummelled by the strong winds including Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham.
London and cities in the south of England, such as Plymouth, will also be hit with heavy rain and gales as will Cardiff in Wales.
The strongest winds could reach 70mph along the coastlines of Scotland with 50mph to 60mph expected widely inland.
A yellow weather warning for wind is in place between 12pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday for the majority of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Storm Erik claimed its first life this morning after a man died when a tree fell on his car in Devon.
The 50-year-old was driving his Alfa Romeo on the A384 near the Dartbridge Inn at Buckfastlane at 5.30am when tragedy struck. The tree fell and hit two cars. A young woman in the second car was trapped but escaped serious injury.
As police forces urge people to watch out for flying debris and falling tree, weather forecasters said a weather bomb is set to be dropped on the UK within the next 24 hours.
BBC weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King tweeted: “Storm Erik is brewing in the Atlantic and is expected to undergo ‘explosive cyclogenesis’ over the next 24 hours.
“Also known as a #weatherbomb. It’ll bring strong winds to many of us through the day and into the weekend.”
The Met Office says a ‘weather bomb’ is “an unofficial term for a low-pressure system whose central pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours in a process known as explosive cyclogenesis”.
This causes surrounding air to be sucked resulting a faster circulation, causing the storm to rapidly intensify.