Birmingham Airport pilots grapple with 55mph winds in tense landing

This is the tense moment Birmingham Airport pilots grappled with 55mph winds. The pilots bravely battle strong wind gusts as they struggled to land at the transport hub near Birmingham.

It comes amid strengthening winds nationwide, amid the threat of snowfall and hail as families plan their Easter getaways. The above flight, a Tui service from Malta, had to go around on its first approach before circling over Warwickshire as a weather front moved in.

The plane eventually landed around 15 minutes later. Forecasters said the wind will mean some likely delays to road, rail and air travel, as well as longer journeys and delays for lorries on exposed routes and bridges.

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Gusts as high as 67mph were recorded yesterday, with winds expected to remain high across Friday. Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “The reason for that is low pressure being in charge of the UK’s weather today, so we’ve seen those stronger winds, and as that low pressure moves away the winds are turning around from a westerly to a northerly direction.

“So winds are going to become lighter as we go through the evening and overnight but will turn round to a northerly direction and we will see temperatures fall as a result.” The weather has emerged against a backdrop of travel and transport chaos nationwide, with flight delays amid heavy queues at airports due to staff shortages through Covid.

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