Flights: Pilot reveals truth about frightening moment a plane CAN’T land (Image: Getty Images)
Flights are often their most worrying during take-off and landing, especially for plane passengers with a fear of flying. With plenty of noises and movement, these two key moments of a flight can be stressful for those who don’t understand what is going on. If landing wasn’t alarming enough - what happens if a plane actually can’t land at all? A pilot has explained what it really means when an aircraft attempts to land… but doesn’t.
Flights: Pilot reveals truth about frightening moment a plane CAN’T land
Pilot Patrick Smith said in his book Cockpit Confidential that he’s heard from many panicked flyers about their experience of aborted landings.
Why is it that some planes are about to land and then at the last minute head back up into the sky? Should passengers be worried?
Smith explains that this manoeuvre is called a “go-around,” adding “it holds a special place in the fearful flyer’s pantheon of worries.”
However, the pilot points out that passengers should not be concerned if their plane does this - it is, in fact, a not unusual event.
“Go-arounds are fairly common and seldom the result of anything dangerous,” Smith said.
“In most cases, it’s a minor spacing issue: controllers aren’t able to maintain the required separation parameters, or the aircraft had has not yet vacated the runway.
Flights: “Go-arounds are fairly common and seldom the result of anything dangerous" (Image: Getty Images)
“Not an ideal situation, but let’s be clear: this is not a proverbial near miss.
“The reason you’re going around is