Big Jet TV: Thousands tune in to watch flights landing at Heathrow amid storm

More than 200,000 people have tuned in to the YouTube channel Big Jet TV.

Henry Jones
Friday 18 February 2022 14:11 GMT
A British Airways aircraft lands at Heathrow amid high winds due to Storm Eunice (Big Jet TV/PA)
A British Airways aircraft lands at Heathrow amid high winds due to Storm Eunice (Big Jet TV/PA)

As Storm Eunice batters the UK, more than 200,000 people have tuned in to a YouTube channel livestreaming aircraft battling with high winds as they attempt to land at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The storm has caused travel disruption across the country, with some flights diverting to other airports, while British Airways said it is suffering from “significant disruption”, with dozens of flights cancelled.

Big Jet TV, which regularly films livestreams from Heathrow, has captured several “go-arounds”, in which an aircraft trying to land on the runway aborts its attempt, instead flying back around the airport for another attempt.

The channel is the second-highest trend in the UK on Twitter as of Friday afternoon. “BOSH”, a reference to the commentary of the landings, occupies the third spot.

Jerry Dyer, who runs the channel, has been frequently heard shouting “bosh” as the aircraft touch down, praising the pilots’ skills.

Praising the stream’s entertainment value, the football commentator Clive Tyldesley remarked on Twitter: “Big Jet TV may be the end of football.”

Meanwhile, one user, @eaglemcgill, tweeted: “Just wanna be in the pub, big screen on, watching Big Jet TV with some pints.” Their post has received thousands of likes.

An Etihad Airways Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, had to ‘go-around’ due to high winds (Big Jet TV/PA)
An Etihad Airways Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, had to ‘go-around’ due to high winds (Big Jet TV/PA)

The TV channel Dave posted: “Sorry we can’t do any work today we are currently watching planes land at Heathrow…. yes we are being serious.”

Mr Dyer told BBC Radio 2: “This is the best scenario you could possibly imagine – big kudos to the pilots and the crews working at the airports, this is the most exciting stuff you could possibly get.

A flight touching down at Heathrow amid Storm Eunice (Big Jet TV/PA)
A flight touching down at Heathrow amid Storm Eunice (Big Jet TV/PA)

“Right now, these conditions with 70mph gusting winds, it’s pretty intense.

“And what is great is you get to see the skill of the pilot and how they manage to handle it.”

Gusts of more than 50mph have been forecast at Heathrow, according to the Met Office.

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