Saturday, July 6, 2013

VIDEO: Air New Zealand rejected landing at Wellington Airport due to extreme high winds

Did you know that Wellington is known as the windiest city in the world? It’s a fact we learned this week, after hearing about continued flight delays at Wellington Airport due to high winds.

Rejected landings are not uncommon in such weather conditions, as the video on this page will show. The footage, taken by a plane spotter at the airport, shows an Air New Zealand approaching the runway for a routine landing… however, due to high winds, the Boeing 737-300 starts to sway.

For safety reasons, the pilot aborts the landing and heads back into the sky, ready for another attempt. Do you think the pilot did a good job? Feel free to leave yoru comments below - and remember to sign-up for The Aviation Writer's free newsletter to stay updated with the latest aviation stories. Click here to register.

Since being uploaded onto YouTube a few days ago, the video has been viewed around 130,000 times, attracting a mixed response from users. Overall, the pilot has been praised for his handling of the situation, while the more negative comments seem to have been deleted.

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“It's often fun landing at Wellington!” commented one user, Luke Reid. “I believe that they get one TOGA (take-off go around) and if they miss the second attempt then it's off to the alternate. I've been on more than one flight where the passengers started cheering once the aeroplane made it safely down.”

“Glad the pilot didn’t try and get brave and land it,” commented another user, MidFlightRiot. “Good decision. Could have gone very bad.”





31 comments :

  1. Tiger ChristopherJuly 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I think that the pilot made the right decision by aborting the landing. He could of killed his passengers and himself just to be on time. He defiantly deserves credit for his quick thinking. Good job Air New Zealand.

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  2. Good pilot! He made the right decision.

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  3. Looks like they made the correct call to me.

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  4. Very windy, the weather can change in a second.

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  5. Good thinking pilot...

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  6. Good decision
    I would have done the same - commercial pilot

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  7. Isn't that how all were instructed to do? Good Job

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  8. Major Murali BhaskaranJuly 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    That's a good decision......if the flight is not stabilized then the pilot should or require an immediate go round.....he must have attended the ALAR and CFIT course.....well done....keep up the good job.

    Major Murali Bhaskaran, Ex Air Traffic Controller, Malaysia.

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  9. Sunil Zephaniah KanaparthiJuly 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I appreciate the decision of the commander in rejecting the landing under the circumstances.

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  10. I have seen and been in worse landings in Wellington Airport. Up to each captain as to how they handle the situation at the time.

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  11. If I was in his (or her?) place, I would've done the same thing!

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  12. E. Terry JaramilloJuly 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    More accidents seem to happen in CAVU conditions. Interesting!

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  13. Right decision, I remember landing at Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falklands, there was a windsock at each end of the runway and sometimes they would point at each other! This also normally meant you would be getting windshear off the mountains to the North (Rwy was more or less E-W). Entertaining approaches!

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  14. Did a good job. Couldn't get the flare stabilized and was running out of runway. So, did the goaround.

    The Netherlands jury awards 'em an 8.1 due to the difficulty grade.

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  15. Better stay on the safe side!

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  16. Of course! He definately made the right decision.

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  17. WOW and I thought the netherlans antilles are pretty tough I think the 737 did the right thing to go around - only the pilot on board knows what was going on.

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  18. Good choice. I'd rather be in the air wishing I'd been able to land, then on the ground with a mis-hap wishing I was in the air coming around again.

    Getting the wheels on the ground smoothly is the most challenging part of the flight. As the Asiana SFO incident shows, you don't get a "take 2" - you have to get it right the first time.

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  19. Absolutely right pilots decision. They did a perfect job.

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  20. Chandra KP SinhaJuly 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    It was a right decision on the part of the Pilot-in-command.

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  21. Very smart captain!

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  22. Marcel Marques OliveiraJuly 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Very nice go around, pilot on board show that he is a good captain, congratulations.

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  23. Guess the most basic question would be, 'Why continue to use Wellington?' At least for commercial passenger traffic.

    Or, why have they not considered runway placement, to eliminate crosswind approaches? As is, it's always the pilots fault, when things go bad. But pilots should avoid the approach, if another airport has the better option.

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    1. Wellington, being the Capital city of New Zealand, and the second largest city in the country, also is the second busiest airport in New Zealand. It also is one end of the busiest domestic route within New Zealand, with planes leaving for Auckland every half hour. And in a country with no rail infrastructure, air travel is the only way to get around long distances.

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  24. I just wonder if the airplane had less fuel, what option the pilot would be having? Why not think about having some kind of barrier? to lessen the impact of the winds. Dear all this is just an idea, experts can share their expertise. Some solution is a must be found knowing the wind conditions. Thanks.

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  25. I've been in a plane that rejected after getting hit by a severe windshere! Not fun, and the pilot was on the ball! Well flown!

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  26. Severe winds and the associated turbulence is nerve breaking experience. Nobody wants to undergo this condition. On such occasions weather forecasters suggest a nearby airport for landing is good. Please note that I am not aware of the geographical advantage. Suggest, wind mills to harness the wind power.

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  27. Sunil Zephaniah KanaparthiJuly 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Under the circumstances the PIC did a very good job keeping the safety of the passengers in mind.

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  28. james lanning comes on as i would have, there are no heroism in aviation, we should always act to avert and prevent accidents, placement of the runway under all costs is the better decision, the government should stop watching clips of missed approaches or aborted landings and correct the situation to eliminate cross-wind landings

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  29. Wellington is a tough airport in ideal conditions - looks like a good call to me.

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