Friday 20 September 2019

Ryanair flight aborts two attempted landings in gale-force winds

Numerous flights cancelled and diverted in windy weather conditions

Stock Image Photo: Getty Images
Stock Image Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Flynn

A Ryanair flight aborted two attempted landings at Shannon Airport today before being forced to divert to Liverpool.

The airport reported the highest winds in the country as Storm Barney battered the island with the west coast suffering the brunt of its force.

With winds at Cork and Dublin also too strong for Ryanair flight FR-1183 from London Gatwick, the opted to divert to the nearest suitable airport which in this case was Liverpool.

The flight was due in Shannon at 2.40pm and the crew had commenced an approach when they decided to abort the attempt. The crew performed a ‘go-around’ procedure and entered a holding pattern in the hope the winds would die down.

The pilot confirmed that the maximum wind speed in which they could land was 50 knots (92.6 kmh) and they would not be able to land in anything higher than that.

A short time later, the crew commenced a second approach to the airport however winds were still too strong for a safe landing.

At the time, winds at Shannon Airport were gusting as high as 61 knots (113 kmh) while later, winds reached as high as 69 knots (128 kmh).

Winds in Dublin and Cork were also reported to be gusting over the 50 knot limit so the flight was unable to land at either airport.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "This flight from London Gatwick to Shannon performed a routine go-around before diverting to Liverpool due to high winds at Shannon Airport.

"The aircraft landed normally at Liverpool and will depart for Shannon when the weather improves. Ryanair sincerely apologised to all customers affected by this weather diversion which was entirely beyond our control."

Elsewhere in Clare, Shannon Ferries, which operates between Killimer in Clare and Tarbert in Kerry suspended sailings as a result of the winds.

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