Passengers startled after plane forced to avert initial landing

There was a near miss as a flight from Aberdeen prepared to land in Norwich. Pictured inset is Peter Green

There was confusion on board a flight last week as a plane prepared to land in Norwich. Pictured inset is Peter Green who was on the plane  - Credit: Denise Bradley/Peter Green

A plane full of passengers were left baffled after their flight coming into land was forced to do a loop before touching down in Norwich.

The 5.55pm flight from Aberdeen experienced a "go-around" when attempting to land at around 7.50pm on Friday.

As the plane came in to the final approach, the pilot was asked to circle again to allow time for another plane to clear the runway.

The pilot told passengers onboard that a Cessna aircraft was in the way of the landing so the plane performed a circuit before finally touching down in Norwich around 8.05pm.

Loganair has said the safety of customers is of utmost importance to them.

Peter Green, 71, who works as a marine consultant, was among the 50 passengers on the plane at the time. 

Peter Green, who works as a marine consultant 

Peter Green, who works as a marine consultant - Credit: Peter Green

Mr Green said: "We were on the approach with the wheels down then all of a sudden we were at full thrust, climbing up with the wheels up.

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"I would have thought the plane was between 500 and 1,000ft above the runway at the time.

"I think everyone stayed relatively calm as we did not have much time to think. It happened a bit too quickly for people to have a reaction." 

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A spokesman for Norwich Airport said: "An inbound flight from Aberdeen was instructed to make a precautionary go-around when it was three miles from the airport because a light aircraft which had recently landed was taking time to clear the runway.

"A go-around is a standard procedure for crews but can be an unusual experience for passengers.

"At no time was there any risk to the aircraft or passengers, and it was not a notifiable safety event."

A spokeswoman for Loganair said: “Occasionally pilots have to perform what is termed a go-around according to standard airline operating procedures.

"This procedure is something our pilots are trained to do as a matter of routine.

"The safety of our customers and crew is of utmost importance to us.”

Norwich Airport

A stock picture of a Loganair flight - Credit: Archant

A Civil Aviation Authority spokeswoman said: "Although they can be unexpected and frightening to passengers, pilots and controllers are trained to do go arounds - pilots regularly practice them in flight simulators."