Watch dramatic footage as plane is forced to abort landing during Storm Orphelia

A Ryanair holiday flight was forced to divert to Manchester after aborting its landing at Leeds Bradford Airport with just seconds to spare.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017, 12:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 10:50 am
The Ryanair flight from Lanzarote was due to abort landing due to strong winds.

The aircraft was returning from Lanzarote when it encountered difficulties trying to touch down during strong winds on Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot attempted to land the flight, code FR2047, before aborting with the aircraft just metres from the ground.

The Ryanair flight from Lanzarote was due to abort landing due to strong winds.

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He climbed again when around 20ft from the runway and attempted a second landing, but this too was terminated and the plane instead diverted to Manchester Airport.

Passenger Amanda Hizzett, who was travelling with six members of her extended family, said fellow passengers were 'frightened' during the drama.

"The flight was nearly full. We left Arrecife at 7.10am and the captain said it would be approximately three hours 20 to three hours 40. When we came in to land it was very bumpy and the plane was moving from side to side.

"We got to about 20ft from the runway and suddenly started to climb again as we were coming in at an angle to the left. We went back up and the pilot circled and started to come down again.

The Ryanair flight from Lanzarote was due to abort landing due to strong winds.

"However, the second time he didn't get as far down and took off again and told us we had to divert to Manchester. There were people being sick and they were quite frightened."

The aircraft waited on the tarmac at Manchester for around an hour before passengers were allowed to disembark. They were taken by bus back to Leeds Bradford.