Rainstorm hits Wuhan airport, turning aircraft 90 degrees

(CCTV)

A sudden rainstorm with strong gales hit the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in central China’s Hubei Province Sunday afternoon, turning a grounded passenger aircraft 90 degrees.

The rainstorm started to batter the airport at around 18:00 which was closed ten minutes later. A surveillance video installed inside a terminal building showed that the gale-force winds turned a 30-ton Boeing 737-800 on the apron about 90 degrees.

In addition, the rainstorm also caused flight delays and stranded travelers.

“The airport launched an emergency plan for windy weather and adopted relevant measures immediately. No casualties were reported. According to our statistics, between 18:10 and 19:50, 22 flights diverted their landings to neighboring airports instead of here and one flight made a homeward voyage. Some 1,000 travelers were stranded at the airport,” said Wu Chengkai, deputy director of the On-the-Spot Command Center of the airport.

The airport resumed fights at 19:50 Sunday.

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