Battling Storm Corrie, the tail of a British Airways A321neo appears to have struck the runway at London Heathrow, forcing an aborted landing and second approach.
British Airways A321neo Tail Strike At LHR
In a video captured by Big Jet TV, the A321neo (registration G-NEOP) can be seen attempting a landing at London Heathrow (LHR) on January 31st. The plane was operating BA1307 from Aberdeen (ABZ) to LHR, having earlier operated to Geneva and back on BA736/737.
Watch as the aircraft attempts to land at LHR:
A321 TOGA and Tail Strike!
A full-on Touch and go, with a tail strike! Watch for the paint dust after contact and watch the empennage shaking as it drags. The pilot deserves a medal! BA training could use this in a scenario – happy to send the footage chaps 😉#aviation #AvGeek pic.twitter.com/ibXjmVJGiT
— BIG JET TV (@BigJetTVLIVE) January 31, 2022
Storm Corrie has brought wind gusts of up to 92mph. With the plane rocking back and forth, at one point supported by only the wheels on the left side, the aircraft tail appeared to strike the ground before pilots performed a “touch and go” and quickly re-ascended into the sky.
After the go-around, the plane landed normally. A British Airways spokesperson noted:
“Our pilots are highly trained to manage a range of scenarios, including extreme weather conditions, and our flight crew landed the aircraft safely. Our customers and crew all disembarked as normal.”
Well done, captain.
Watch the video closely – this could have been a very bad disaster. Witnesses describe a wind tunnel effect on that area of the runway at LHR and the pilot should be praised for averting calamity by aborting the landing.
image: BIG JET TV