I’ve never seen a plane wiggle in such a frightening manner as this one, check out the videos below. This was a British Airways plane with a pilot that I would trust!
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) February 25, 2019
VIDEO: Another view of today's #BA492 & its rollercoaster go-around at #Gibraltar today, before diverting to Malaga. Original viral video is here: https://t.co/hFxH4e9cQH#GibraltarAirport Webcams: https://t.co/iueHMYf0NZ
— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) February 25, 2019
Why Did This Happen?
Why did this British Airways flight at Gibraltar performing a go-around and wiggle about? The answer is wind-shear. The plane banked heavily left and right due to strong winds.
To the south of the Gibraltar airfield, “The Rock” can cause turbulence and wind-shear, which happens when winds are strong at low levels. This can make landing conditions difficult which is why, particularly with southerly winds, which means that planes are diverted to nearby Malaga. This procedure is planned for and is completely safe.
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