Plane breaches wind limits

Binter under investigation

Plane breaches wind limits - headline in the Diario

Following on quite neatly from the previous post, the Diario headlines that a plane breaches wind limits in order to land at Madeira Airport on Tuesday of this week. Flight of the Spanish company Binter, from Tenerife, was one of the few that landed on that day.

The case was reported by the control tower and is already under investigation by the national air sector authority ANAC. At the same time, the Regional Government wants to resume reviewing the limits with Lisbon, as previously reported here.

Already this morning (a quiet morning at the airport), a few planes are adopting a holding pattern as they wait for an opportunity to land. Meanwhile, the wind does not look like subsiding over the next couple of days:

Plane breaches wind limits 1
Forecast for midday today
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Forecast for midday tomorrow, Saturday

8 thoughts on “Plane breaches wind limits”

  1. I think this was probably a twin turboprop aircraft. If so, then they have a much higher tolerance for cross wind landings and they often can land when the larger jets can’t. That is why they are still the preferred type of aircraft for small island communities such a Jersey and Guernsey, that are only a 30 minute flight from the UK mainland.

    • Yes, it’s an ATR72-600, twin engine turbo prop. The air traffic control can not forbid an aircraft to land in wind speeds that are over the limit, stated in the regulations, but they have to report it with the ANAC. We’ll see what happens next.

      • Having just viewed and I recommend anyone who flies Bintner does, the video, attached below, I hope the book is thrown at the Airline and the Pilots licence removed.

  2. So on final approach the wind is just within limits and just as the wheels are about to touch down the wind gusts over the limit, you are committed to land and safely lands

  3. If you watch the video again, assuming you watched it, the pilot is told on three occasions that the wind speeds and gusting are over limits, he is then told the landing is his responsibility. At no time was the wind speeds below 21 knots with gusting at 31 knots. Way before he was committed to land.

  4. I assume the limit for cross wind speed is a ‘one size fits all’ limit. It is a fact that some planes will have a low cross wind tolerance whereas others will be able to land in much higher cross winds. Large jets will never match a smaller twin engined one when it comes to manoeuvrability and control.

  5. You may well be right, but this pilot was told was told by ATC the winds were over the regulation limits. He ignored them. I’d like to hear his reasoning.


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