Storm Eunice sparked severe travel disruption across London and the southeast of England with winds in the excess of 100mph. Britons were gripped as they followed attempts by several pilots to successfully land their aircraft at Heathrow Airport despite the treacherous conditions. Qatar Airways’ QTR003 flight from Doha had viewers hooked after failing to land twice on runway one of the London Airport.
Big Jet TV, which routinely broadcasts from the airport, saw a surge of viewers as Britons rushed to the Internet to witness the attempts.
The Qatar Airline A380-800 made three attempts before finally being able to land at Heathrow Airport as the pilot was forced to pull away twice as he lost his fight with the wind.
Once the plane finally landed, Britons took to Twitter to share their elation at seeing the flight finally reach its destination.
User @Siddkotian wrote: “That was some landing. Kudos to the pilots of #qatarairways.”
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@kendallrowanx said: “I’m emotionally invested in this Qatar Airways A380 landing.”
@abi_slade commented: “it must have been so lovely for the people on Qatar Airways flight number QTR003 to lap London three times as they watched the roof of the millennium dome tear to shreds.”
And @Anniesiobhan wrote: “Can we just have a tv channel devoted to #bigjettv feeling quite emotional after that Qatar Airways plane landed on its third attempt….is a post I never thought I’d write.”
Twitter user @Nerd_CB jokingly commented: “I no longer support Liverpool, I support that Qatar airways A380.”
Even sports account The Sportsman joined in the fun, sharing a photo of cheering England manager Gareth Southgate with the caption: “When you see the @qatarairways flight QR007 finally land at @HeathrowAirport on Big Jet TV…”