Watch What Happens When Airplanes Meet Thunderstorms at the World’s Busiest Airport
Not too long ago, I was flying into Las Vegas about the same time a thunderstorm was working its way through the area.
As we approached McCarran Airport, there were two very pronounced lightning strikes strategically placed right between where we were and where the runway happened to be.
At that moment, it was obvious the flight crew was receiving instructions to circle the plane, because we almost immediately turned away from our approach and headed back in the direction we had come from. After a series of very lengthy turns, we finally landed after about a 15-minute delay.
Needless to say, I was very happy to be on the ground.
You may have experienced something similar on a flight, but did you ever wonder what all of those re-routed plane look like on radar?
Recently at Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, a major weather front passed through as a number of planes were approaching the busiest airport in the world.
Watch as they have to scramble to find a way to land in between the fast moving storms:
Next time you think you're having a stressful day at work, imagine what those air traffic controllers were dealing with that day.