Visibility Drops To Zero At The Very Last Second As Pilot Comes In For Landing
Flying in inclement weather is no big deal. If you’re a commercial pilot, you probably have flying hours in the tens of thousands and flying according to your instruments is second nature to you. It’s quite different, however, when you need to switch over from visual to instruments at the very last second though.
This video, taken from just behind the pilot’s seat, will show you exactly what we mean. Although it was raining, the pilot could see the runway on approach. You’ll then hear the aircraft system call out minimums and immediately after hit a rain column. At that point, the crew lost all visibility.
In the world of aviation, this kind of situation is known as a whiteout.
As opposed to sticking to it since they were so close, the crew did exactly what they were supposed to. They made a call to abort the landing. Having enough fuel, the plane went around for another approach. As the description says, by the time they circled around, the sun was shining and they came in for an easy landing.
This is a prime example of cool-headed, professional pilots who made the right call and lived to fly another day.