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Videos of planes struggling to land during storm go viral – Reuters


Big Jet TV saw 200,000 viewers as planes attempted to land at Heathrow amid Storm Eunice

As Storm Eunice battered the UK and Ireland on Friday morning, a YouTube channel called Big Jet TV became an unexpected hit, welcoming hundreds of thousands of viewers when it streamed live from the airport from Heathrow.

The channel has built up a significant following over the past six years, recording aircraft movements at major airports. Big Jet TV often gets its best ratings during storms when landing commercial planes can get tricky.

As Storm Eunice battered southern England and Ireland on Friday, the channel drew around 200,000 viewers as it broadcast planes landing outside Heathrow, the busiest airport from Europe.

From some footage it was clear the planes were struggling to land at the west London airport.

Big Jet TV’s appeal is partly due to its founder and host, Jerry Dyer, who frequently praises pilots and ground crew for their hard work and for landing planes safely in difficult conditions.

“I think this guy is going to have a hard time. He is everywhere. Here we go, here we go. Easy Easy. He’s down! Dyer said as an Air Alger flight headed for the Heathrow runway.

Many UK airports canceled flights on Friday as winds of 122mph (196kph) were reported along the south coast.

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