A Boeing 777 landing aborted at Birmingham Airport due to 100 mph winds in the country brought an end to a most terrifying experience. Before aborting the Boeing 777 landing in Birmingham and being redirected to the London Gatwick airport, the pilot tried to land the Boeing sideways on the Birmingham tarmac not just once but twice. “Onlookers watched in horror as it [the Boeing 777] approached the runway almost at a right angle before the pilot took emergency action,” reported RT on Dec. 6, 2013.
“When the plane started hovering back up from the landing, we thought the pilot was half-asleep and had lost control!” said passenger Muhammad Zulfiqar.
On Thursday, the Emirates Boeing 777 was arriving in Birmingham from Dubai. At the time of the landing, 100 mph winds wreaked havoc around the country. While several flights in England were cancelled or aborted before trying a landing, the pilot of the Emirates Boeing 777 appeared to have chosen to battle the gale-force winds.
During the pilot’s two landing attempts, passengers inside the Boeing airplane watched the horrific scene on their TV screens while feeling the airplane shaking.
“As we came towards the city, the plane was shaking on the way down. We could see from the in-flight monitors that the plane was drifting to the left as we were landing,” said passenger Kevon Miller.
Before the pilot of the Boeing 777 aborted the landing, one woman said that she thought that this were her final moments. “All I could think of was my new year's resolution this year, which was to write my own will, and I haven't done it. It was that frightening. I was absolutely terrified.”
Equally terrified was another passenger. “Never flying again ... could have died. I was full on shook ain’t gonna lie wind was nuts bruv!!! One woman opposite me started throwing up after the 2nd attempt in landing.”
Other passengers who were waiting inside of the Birmingham International Airport witnessed the Boeing 777 being battled by winds and the pilot approaching the tarmac sideways. An amateur video taken from the ground shows the landing attempt of the Boeing 777 and how the pilot aborted the landing just seconds before hitting the tarmac.