An emergency was declared yesterday morning onboard Icelandair flight FI440, approaching Manchester Airport. That was done to ensure priority landing, since fuel was running somewhat low after two failed landing attempts, Vísir reports.
The flight originated in Keflavík with 160 passengers onboard.
The storm Doris was moving across the UK at the time with wind gusts reaching 44 m/sec, Vísir reports, disrupting transport throughout the country. After being unable to land at Manchester Airport, the pilot flew the plane toward Liverpool, where he attempted to land, but conditions there were no better. Therefore, the aircraft returned to Manchester, where it landed safely.
A passenger, Guðrún Gísladóttir, described the situation onboard after the first attempted landing had failed. “The wheels were down, but, suddenly, the plane ascended again. When we were over the river in Liverpool, I looked out the window and could feel the plane was almost in its side. Everyone was screaming and throwing up, and it was just terrible.
You can watch a video of the plane’s approach here: