How the world’s  biggest jet defied menace of Dennis

THE world’s largest passenger jet, an Etihad Airways A380, struggled to land at London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday as it was hammered by strong winds at the height of Storm Dennis, which forced hundreds of flight cancellations

But although its pilot had to battle Storm Dennis’ devastating crosswinds while landing the jet safely last Saturday, his extraordinary touchdown was captured in dramatic footage, showing the Airbus A380 superjumbo being rocked by severe gales.

In a video, the hulking Etihad Airways plane, weighing almost 574,000kg, comes in at a sharp angle on its approach to the runway, and then flies just feet above the tarmac for several seconds.

The £340m double-decker jet, known for its exclusive first-class “apartment in the sky”, then touches down and rights itself, before taxiing to a terminal, while all around, west London was being battered by wind gusts of up to 50mph.

The crew’s skills were on full display as the mammoth, four-engine plane, landed safely, following its long-haul flight from Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

For the second time in week, the UK and Ireland had been battered by a storm. Hundreds of flights were cancelled because of the high winds, while train services were disrupted repeatedly by flooding from Storm Dennis. It even caused one waterfall to flow backwards in Ireland.

But for some flights, the show must go on, causing some hairy, nerve-jangling landings; no more so than this one captured on video at Heathrow.

SpeedbirdTV posted the video on YouTube, where viewers hailed the pilots, one writing: “This pilot is just a great champion, and the passengers owe him a huge thank you Bravo Monsieur.”

Another added: “Wow, that landing probably made braving the elements worth it. Great capture and an awesome job by the pilot.”

And a third wrote: “Wooow, that is insane, incredible”

With a wingspan of 262ft and length of 238ft, the A380 is the largest commercial passenger plane in the world. It is also one of the most expensive, with a brand-new aircraft costing £340million.

It has a typical seating capacity of 525, although it is certified to carry as many as 853. Etihad’s version has almost 500 seats for passengers.

Etihad’s A380 fleet is known for The Residence, a one-of-a-kind, private suite with a bedroom, ensuite shower room and living room for two passengers. Oh, and a one-way ticket costs almost £20,000 for two.

Elsewhere, at Birmingham Airport, planes were also shown struggling to deal with the weather there. Dennis has been so intense that England posted a record number of flood warnings and alerts, along with a rare “red warning” because an extreme, life-threatening flooding was announced for South Wales.

Though the warning lasted only a few hours, South Wales Police declared a major incident as firefighters and rescue crews continued to help communities following multiple floods, landslides and evacuations.

The Met Office said the highest wind gust recorded was 146kmh at Aberdaron in North Wales on Saturday.

It also said that 157mm of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in the Welsh county of Powys, over 48 hours to Sunday morning.

One of the worst-hit areas in South Wales was the village of Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, near Cardiff, which saw entire streets left underwater since the early hours of Sunday morning.








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