As the strong winds of Storm Eunice battered the UK, thousands took to a YouTube channel to watch the pilots land at Heathrow Airport. Now, equally stunning footage from inside a cockpit is going viral.
With people advised to stay home during the storm, more than 2,00,000 listening to Big Jet TV Friday to see the incredible skills of the pilots maneuvering in difficult weather. One moment that stood out was the landing of a Boeing 777.
Eagerly, viewers watched as the world’s largest twin-engine aircraft tried to hold its own while heading for the runway. Now Captain Khalifa Al-Thani, who was piloting the Qatar plane, has shared an inside view.
Al Thani demonstrated what he needed to do for the flight to land safely, juxtaposed against the view from the ground. “Storm Eunice Landing – Many thanks to ‘Big Jet TV’ for today’s awesome coverage and exterior footage,” he wrote while sharing the video on Instagram.
While both sights seemed quite intense, coupled with the sound of the strong wind, the pilot seemed visibly calm and his composure stunned everything online.
Nothing is more satisfying than watching a skilled craftsman at work! https://t.co/ZRDj5kjDdk
— Neil Garratt AM (@NeilGarratt) February 19, 2022
Growing up with a father and two brothers as pilots and being endlessly tired of their flying conversation… now have a new found appreciation! https://t.co/COBHHPcWFH
—Amy Voce (@amyvoce) February 19, 2022
He is a strong man. So cool to watch. Must have nerves of steel. 💪🏾👌🏾 ✈️
— Mary Harris (@maryharristw) February 18, 2022
One hand 😱. Respect to all these pilots today, they were amazing 👏🏼🛬
— Debbie Try (@debbie_try) February 18, 2022
The guy who does @BigJetTVLIVE says they switch to manual landing in these conditions because pilot reactions are faster
— Tracey Williams (@traceycwilliams) February 18, 2022
I have never seen this before and it is absolutely amazing. I never imagined the whole movement, I expected the steering to be really stable and in fact it’s everywhere 😃
— Becca M – ADHD ✊🏻🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🇵🇸♥️ (@SparklyB) February 19, 2022
When I was a child I returned to Ireland every year, the whole passenger cabin cheered after landing. This was while he was still on the runway just as he touched down as the aircraft slowed. I always thought it was a nice gesture of appreciation for skillfully getting us there safely
— Kate (@ChinaKatWrites) February 19, 2022
One of those times when you are reminded that you are bringing a small office building for a touchdown 🙂 Good job!
—Marc Eichin (@eichin) February 18, 2022
Incredible 👌👌 great to have this mesh with the @BigJetTVLIVE images and see them from another angle!
— Jammy Dodger (@updownmain) February 18, 2022
Just to see the work the pilot does, it’s crazy! An absolute crack job of getting this lady on her terms
—Adam Baker (@Adam_baker1490) February 18, 2022
Fabulous juxtaposition in case any of us thought it was just autopilot and what the hell.
—Marc Harvey (@markharvey54) February 18, 2022
Amazing job, looks far from easy!!. Amazing job to all the pilots out there today. Really put your skills to the test. I’m so glad you’re all safe.
— Denise Shotter (@deegill23) February 18, 2022
The amount of movement on the yoke is staggering. https://t.co/PU9kYNX8yg
— Ali C (@Ali_Crockford) February 19, 2022
I had some alarming wind swings in the car driving home today, requiring a firm grip on the steering wheel. Now imagine doing all of this while flying a plane full of people at 155 mph. Congratulations to this pilot. https://t.co/yg6aFSKcle
— (((Dr Aust))) #FBPE 🇬🇧🇪🇺🇮🇪🇩🇪💙 (@Dr_Aust_PhD) February 18, 2022
Storm Eunice, which brought winds to over 100mph, sent a streak of destruction across the UK. With trees uprooted and homes destroyed, experts believe it could be the worst Britain has seen in three decades. The storm’s toll hit 9 on Saturday.
A red weather warning was first issued in London, where the severe storm was seen ripping off part of the O2 Arena’s iconic roof, leaving the sheet that covers the venue to blow in the wind.
While most flights were cancelled, there were still a few that attempted to land safely amid the storm.