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

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

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.

 


Algerian Sahara desert town dusted with snow

Algerian Sahara desert town dusted with snow
Updated 19 January 2021

Algerian Sahara desert town dusted with snow

Algerian Sahara desert town dusted with snow

CAIRO: Temperatures have fallen in the Sahara desert to as low as -3C, leaving sand dunes in one Algerian town dusted with snow. 
This drop in temperature allowed the town of Ain Sefra to experience snow for only the fourth time in 42 years. The other three times were in 1979, 2017, and 2018. In 2017, a blizzard dumped snow up to a meter deep in Ain Sefra.
Photographer Karim Bouchetata posted dramatic images and video of the unique weather in the remote town.
Ain Sefra is located in the Atlas Mountains, 1,000 meters above sea level and is known as “the gateway to the desert.” 
It lies in the Naama province of Algeria in the northern part of the Sahara, near to the Moroccan border.