Howling winds meant pilots had their work cut out for them at Manchester Airport. Dramatic video footage shows planes being buffeted as they came into land yesterday as the remnants of Storm Atiyah battered the airport. Gusts of up to 43mph were recorded at the airport, according to Met Office figures. Among the landings captured on camera was that of an Emirates Airbus A380 – the world’s largest passenger airliner. The huge plane can been seen rocking from side to side as it approached the runway But despite the difficult conditions the pilots, who are well versed to working in these types of crosswinds, made it look easy to touch down. The dramatic footage was captured by YouTube channel AviationUpClose and shared with the Manchester Evening News . Elsewhere across Greater Manchester roads were flooded as the region was battered by a storm last night. Trees came down in Newcroft Road in Urmston and Knutsford Road in Gorton. There were no reports of injuries. Videos circulating on social media showed Christmas trees being blown over in Manchester city centre. Motorists had to contend with terrible conditions with reports that some vehicles were struggling to navigate foot-deep water on the A6 in Hazel Grove. Floodwater also prompted the closure of one lane of the eastbound M56 near Lymm and a sliproad of the M60 between Simister Island and junction 17 at Prestwich. In a one-hour period from 4.30pm, about seven millimetres of rain fell, according to data from the Whitworth Observatory in Manchester.
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