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.

 


TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switch to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switch to other options
Updated 18 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switch to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switch to other options
  • The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy

DUBAI: WhatsApp users are generally undecided whether to continue using the app or consider switching to other available options, an Arab News poll showed.

The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy, which some reports claimed would share users’ data without giving them a choice, something that 29.7 percent of the poll respondents said they would accept.

Meanwhile, about 38.8 percent of those who answered the poll said they would decline the new privacy policy and switch to other apps while 31.5 percent were undecided on what to do with the WhatsApp app installed in their phones.

Alternative messaging services such as Signal and Telegram meanwhile benefited from the negative press that WhatsApp received, both receiving subscriber boost in just a few days.

Signal in particular added a whopping 4.6 million new users right after receiving an endorsement from technology mogul Elon Musk.

Unlike WhatsApp, which shares user data with Facebook, Signal has a history of fighting any entity that asks for private data and adds features to further anonymize users where possible.

Telegram, which is currently No. 2 behind Signal on the App Store, saw more than 25 million new users sign up in just the last few days.

The mistrust over WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy may also affect its ambitions in India, its biggest market, where 400 million users exchange more messages on the platform.

The backlash forced it to undertake advertising blitz costing tens of millions of rupees in at least 10 English and Hindi newspapers.