Two Jet2 flights forced to divert from airport in strong winds

Strong winds have forced planes to divert from Manchester Airport this evening, with pilots performing “go-arounds” due to the severe weather. 

Jet2 aircraft experienced shaky entries to Manchester this evening, with one flight from Lanzarote seen “tilting” as it flew overhead, forcing the pilot to turn back. 

The landing was aborted, and the plane was diverted to Birmingham Airport, where it was able to successfully land, while another plane was forced to land hundreds of miles north.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the second flight – from Gran Canaria – ultimately landed 163 miles away in Newcastle.

The publication added that the plane first embarked on a flight path that showed it “circling over the region multiple times”.

Airport watchers have commented on the dramatic descents this evening, with members of a local Facebook group tracking the Lanzarote flight from Stockport. 

They said they thought the plane, which flew under the flight number LS892, was “falling from the sky”. 

Others added that the aircraft appeared to be “tilting left very bad” as they spotted the plane flying low through the skies above south Manchester. 

Another said the “really strong” winds in the Shadow Moss neighbourhood had “knocked around” the planes “all afternoon”.

A Jet2 spokesman confirmed the flights were diverted due to bad weather in a statement provided to Manchester Evening News.

They added that passengers aboard the diverted flights would receive coach transport back to Manchester. 

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