Passengers on Tui’s flight to Tenerife were left in tears after high winds forced the pilot to abort two landings.
The flight left Glasgow at 5pm on 8 May and was scheduled to arrive at Tenerife Sud at 9pm, but was forced to divert to Gran Canaria after a major turbulence.
It eventually landed at its destination at 1am, four hours behind schedule, leaving some tourists in tears. The pilot told the passenger he had “never experienced such a landing”.
James Lowe, 68, went to the Spanish island for a week’s holiday with his daughter Cheryl, 44, and son-in-law Mike Knight, 36.
Talk to Daily recordMr Lowe said the flight was “the bumpiest plane ride I’ve ever had in my life”, with the plane “rocking up and down” as they landed.
“It was actually quite scary. We were about 50 feet off the ground and suddenly we were flying backwards into the sky.
“The pilot announced that he would abort the landing because of wind shear. Then he said they would make a second landing attempt but the same thing happened. Then we flew to Gran Canaria and waited on the runway for an hour.”
Mr Lowe added that “everyone was appalled” on the third attempt, but after landing safely, the pilot was applauded and “stepped out and apologized for wasting time getting in”. our vacation.
“I’ve been to Tenerife about two or three times a year for the last 20 years and it’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” Mr Lowe said.
“When we finally got out of the airport, we understood why they couldn’t land. The wind was unbelievably strong.”
A spokesperson for Tui says The Independent: “As always, the safety and security of our customers and crew is our highest priority. Our pilots are professionally trained to deal with these types of adverse weather conditions.
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers on this flight and hope they had an enjoyable stay.”