Plane forced to abort landing at Heathrow as Storm Erik takes hold

Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to the United Kingdom, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

Fierce gales were already causing disruption, with airports across the United Kingdom reporting delays to some arrivals and departures.

A video showing a British Airlines plane struggling to land at Heathrow Airport has gone viral after strong winds from Storm Erik forced the aircraft to abort a nervy first landing attempt.

Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a "go around". It has now landed safely at Manchester.

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A tree also hit a double decker bus in Dorset yesterday, but the passengers and driver escaped unscathed. Part of a doubledecker bus in Poole, Dorset, was crushed by a felled trunk and a road in south Belfast was closed when a number of branches fell on the bonnet of a auto.

Police were called to the scene on Ringwood Road in Poole shortly before midday.

It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

The wind warnings continue for Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday as does the heavy rain warning.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

Victoria Jones - PA Images via Getty ImagesA woman battles strong winds on London's Waterloo bridge on Friday. There will be showers in western and northern areas, with frost and fog forming as winds slow down and southern England will see some rain, with patches of snow falling over hills.

The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today.

"Even a bit of snow at times over the highest grounds here".

"Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h".

Storm Erik is bringing winds of up to 60mph.

  • Rogelio Becker