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Video proves runways can just disappear in heavy rain

first_imgHave you ever been on a flight that’s coming into land and then suddenly powers the engines back up and goes around for another attempt? It may be a poor approach, instruction from the tower, or the decision could be taken simply because the runway has disappeared.That last one seems unlikely, right? But the video below proves that in the right weather conditions the pilot’s view of a runway can quite suddenly disappear.The cause in this particular case is a very heavy column of rain that adjusts the pilot’s visibility to just about zero. In this case it didn’t get too severe until they had gone past the 200 feet mark. The pilot believes when they pulled the aircraft up it was only around 50 feet off the ground. The crew were also prepared for this to happen and that’s why the whole thing went so smoothly, it’s also why he had his phone camera positioned to record the event.As a passenger, when this happens it can be pretty scary because you don’t know what is going on, but ultimately it was the safer option to take than attempting to continue the landing.Apparently this particular flight was a Boeing 737 business jet and it had plenty of fuel on board. They landed around 15 minutes later when the rain had cleared and the sun was shining. Such aircraft do have instrument landing systems on board that can make a landing in very poor visibility, but even they have their limits and in this case the crew thought better of relying on it.last_img read more