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Etihad Airways pilot negotiates 90mph winds to land safely at London's Heathrow Airport

Stunning footage showed plane touching down sideways on the runway as Storm Dennis wreaked havoc in the UK

Etihad Airways pilot negotiates 90mph winds to land safely at London's Heathrow Airport

Footage posted on social media shows the plane battling the fierce gales caused by Storm Dennis, before landing on the runway sideways.


A pilot with Etihad Airways made a miraculous landing at London’s Heathrow Airport as his A380 aircraft was battered with 90 miles-per-hour winds.

Footage posted on social media shows the plane battling the fierce gales caused by Storm Dennis, before landing on the runway sideways.

Another video showed a British Airways pilot coming in to land at Heathrow, but being forced to abandon the touch down as the plane was thrown about in the wind.

Around 170 flights were cancelled on Sunday morning, with the number rising throughout the day.

Close to 60 percent of flights were disrupted coming in and out of Heathrow, while Gatwick experienced about 30 per cent, according to the travel news service Inrix.

Britain's government weather agency issued a rare red warning for south Wales, saying there was a risk of "significant impacts from flooding" that included a "danger to life from fast flowing water, extensive flooding to property and road closures". 

A record 594 flood warnings and alerts were in place on Sunday, extending from Scotland's River Teviot to Cornwall in southwest England.

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