Tricky landings in the Canary Islands to 'avoid' the calima and wind
The Canary Islands continue to be affected by the calima (dust and sand-laden wind from the Sahara) and strong winds, with adverse weather conditions that are particularly impacting Tenerife and the western islands, which were highlighted by manoeuvres from pilots when landing in La Palma yesterday (Saturday).
Due to strong winds yesterday, as forecast by AEMET, air traffic controllers changed the direction of take-offs and landings at La Palma airport, with the approach to the island from a southerly direction.
However, the pilots of two planes had to make skilled manoeuvres to avoid the gusts that were changing direction and making landing particularly difficult, circling waiting for the right time and then landing, when there was a window of opportunity, from a northerly direction.
As you can see in the images on X (Twitter) The two planes were Discover Airlines flight OCN310 from Frankfurt (Germany) and a Condor Airbus flight number CFG9DH from Dusseldorf, also in Germany.
Air traffic controllers reported that both planes landed safely and that there were some slight delays in departures from the airport due to the weather, and because these two flights had needed to land from the north due to changing winds.
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