Pilot makes 'extraordinary' plane landing amid Storm Kathleen winds

Bumpy landing at Edinburgh Airport caught on camera through cockpit of tiny plane.

An “extraordinary” landing of a plane amid Storm Kathleen through the cockpit of a tiny Cessna aircraft was caught on camera by a passenger on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Wilkinson filmed the bumpy landing on the chartered Vistajet’s approach to Edinburgh Airport shortly before 2pm on April 6 as gusts of winds whipped at around 50mph.

The 61-year-old, from Dalgety Bay, and his five friends were the only passengers on the plane which was returning from a ski trip in Oslo.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We knew Storm Kathleen was forecast the day before mostly for the west coast, and so when we got on the plane we knew it might be a bit bumpy closer to the UK.

Gary and his friends had been returning home from an Oslo ski trip when their flight was caught in the strong winds.Gary Wilkinson

“About 20 minutes to landing the pilot said we were at the limits to land, and if they couldn’t land that we would redirect to Prestwick.

“It was noticeably bumpy when we were on approach coming into land, it was extraordinary.

“It was a totally different experience – normally you don’t get to see out the front.”

The private flight had been a gift from a friend to Mr Wilkinson following a cancer diagnosis.

He praised the professionalism of the pilots who landed the group safely at Edinburgh Airport during the storm.

Mr Wilkinson added: “The pilot said that safety was the number one priority, and we land only when it’s safe to land, they were really good and professional, and they only do what’s safe.

“We’ve been skiing for a long time and the flight was a gift, it was a boys trip away, and this was a massive adrenaline rush.”

As the wild weather continued on Sunday, Laura Wright was filming the “crazy waves” in Lower Largo, a village in Fife on the north side of the Firth of Forth, at the side of her aunt’s house.

She returned to the garden and heard a commotion before running back out in time to see a car being lifted up by the water.

The grey Ford Fiesta was then swept out to sea. Fortunately, nobody was inside the vehicle at the time.

More weather warnings for wind and rain have been issued across the country following the disruption caused by Storm Kathleen.

The Met Office issued four separate warnings covering southern England, western Wales and mainland Scotland from Monday to Tuesday evening.

The forecaster said travel disruption and damage to homes and businesses were possible.

A yellow rain warning covering south and eastern parts of Scotland – including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – is in place from 1am to 6pm on Tuesday.

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