WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara

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Updated 10 February 2020

WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara

LONDON: A Middle East Airlines (MEA) pilot has been praised for a spectaclar landing at London's Heathrow Airport during the height of a major storm. 

Video shows the aircraft being buffeted by the winds as it approached the tarmac.

 

The landing on Sunday came as the UK and Europe were blasted by at times hurricane force winds from storm Ciara.

While many flights were cancelled and diverted, others were given the go ahead to attempt the landing at Heathrow. Videos showed some aircraft being forced to perform a go around just as they reached the runway due to the strong gusts.

Twitter users reacted with amazement at the pilot's skill in bringing the aircraft from Lebanon's national flag carrier on to the runway.

"Amazing skills for this #MEA pilot," one user tweeted. "Hopefully our new government will manage a similar skillful landing," he added, referring to the new administration in Lebanon, attempting to deal with an economic crisis and mass protests.

 


‘Mission: Impossible VII’ halts Italy filming over coronavirus

Updated 25 February 2020

‘Mission: Impossible VII’ halts Italy filming over coronavirus

  • Seventh installment of ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise was scheduled to shoot in Venice for three weeks
  • taly reported its seventh death from the new coronavirus on Monday

WASHINGTON: Production on the latest film in the “Mission: Impossible” series starring Tom Cruise has been stopped in Italy following the outbreak of coronavirus cases, US media reported Monday.
According to entertainment specialist The Wrap, the seventh installment of the Paramount Pictures franchise was scheduled to shoot in Venice for three weeks.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice,” a Paramount spokesperson said in a statement to The Wrap.
The spokesperson added that Cruise had not traveled to Italy, and that crew members were allowed to return home until production started.
Italy reported its seventh death from the new coronavirus Monday, but officials called for calm and reported a lower rise in the number of infections after a spike over the weekend.
The number of cases now stood at 229, the head of Italy’s civil protection department Angelo Borelli said at a press conference on Monday evening, the highest number in Europe.
In addition to “MI7,” the spread of the virus has disrupted high-profile events including Milan Fashion Week and the Venice Carnival. On Monday evening, sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora announced that six Serie A football matches would be played behind closed doors.
“Mission: Impossible VII” is due in theaters on July 23, 2021.