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World’s biggest passenger jet forced to land sideways in Storm Dennis winds

It can be difficult driving a car in strong winds, so spare a thought for the pilot of the world’s biggest passenger jet which came in to land sideways at Heathrow Airport in 91mph winds. The Etihad Airways A380 was battling fierce winds caused by Storm Dennis as it touched down with a bit of…

It can be difficult driving a car in strong winds, so spare a thought for the pilot of the world’s biggest passenger jet which came in to land sideways at Heathrow Airport in 91mph winds.

The Etihad Airways A380 was battling fierce winds caused by Storm Dennis as it touched down with a bit of a wobble but with nobody being harmed on board. Many aeroplanes struggled to land with one or two aborted landings across the country as the UK was gripped by bad weather.

Hundreds of flights had to be cancelled, affecting 25,000 passengers and the chaos is expected to have a knock-on effect today. Flights were grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

More than 348 easyJet flights in and out of the UK on Saturday and Sunday were cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather. A spokesman for British Airways said over the weekend that they were ‘merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption.

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A spokeswoman for Heathrow Airport said: ‘To minimise the number of flights cancelled at short notice we have taken the joint decision, alongside our airline and air traffic partners, to pre-emptively consolidate today’s schedule.’

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A spokesman for Luton Airport said the airport is ‘fully operational’, but added that ‘a number of cancellations’ are expected later on Saturday.

Parts of the UK were buffeted with winds of more than 90mph, while more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours in places.

Roads and railways were flooded on Sunday after torrential downpours and high winds.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defence deployed Army personnel to assist people in West Yorkshire areas badly hit by flooding during the previous weekend’s Storm Ciara.

The situation was said to be ‘life-threatening’ in South Wales, where the Met Office issued a red warning due to heavy rainfall and flooding risk.

EA’s flood and coastal risk management executive director John Curtin said that there had been a record number of flood warnings and alerts in force.

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The EA said on Sunday that there had been more than 600 flood warnings and flood alerts in place across England – covering an area from Scotland’s River Tweed to the rivers of west Cornwall.

But the Government was criticised for its response, including a Tory MP telling it to ‘pull its finger out’.

Conservative MP Philip Davies told the Daily Telegraph on Monday that ‘precious little’ had been done since the floods in 2015 to prevent his constituents in Shipley, West Yorkshre, being flooded again during the two most recent storms.

He added: ‘My constituents who were flooded were the same people who were flooded on Boxing Day 2015.

‘It’s not as if there hasn’t been enough time to do something. The Government needs to pull its finger out.

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‘What has been done to stop it happening again? Precious little.’

The Met Office said that winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in North Wales on Saturday.

A total of 156mm of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in Powys in the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning, it added.

The average monthly rainfall for February in Wales is 111mm, the Met Office added.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place until 11am on Monday.

Severe flood warnings were also still in place for the rivers Lymn and Steeping in Lincolnshire, as well as the River Teme in parts of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Pictures on social media show the Taff bursting its banks and flooding parts of Pontypridd, while rescue workers were using boats to get families to safety after further flooding in nearby Nantgarw.

South Wales Police said it had declared a major incident due to the flooding and severe weather.

A man in his 60s died after being pulled from the River Tawe ear Trebanos Rugby Club, despite paramedics battling to save his life – police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dyfed-Powys Police said that the man had been seen entering the River Tawe near Gorsedd Park in Ystradgynlais area, in South Wales, at about 10am on Sunday morning.

The force said the death was not being treated as suspicious or being linked to the bad weather.

A fire crew on its way to an emergency got stuck in the floods and had to be rescued.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said that a water rescue unit had been rushing to a report of two people being swept away in the River Teme when it got submerged in flood water.

A spokesman said the crew were safe and had been pulled to safety but the vehicle was still to be recovered.

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