Stormy weather and lucky escapes

Blustery weather last night left a couple trapped in the floods in Somerset and forecaster say more bad weather is on the way.

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Statement on bad weather disruption at Bristol

As dramatic footage of aeroplanes appearing to land sideways on the runway during last night storms, Bristol Airport told ITV that these are usual measures taken in high cross-winds. It suspended flights for just over an hour but says that at no time was passenger safety compromised.

Airlines make decisions on whether or not to land in severe weather conditions based on a range of parameters which can vary depending on the aircraft operated.

Strong wind can also affect airlines’ ability to board passengers safely, and some airlines will suspend boarding when gusts reach 45 knots and above.

– James Gore, Bristol Airport spokesman

You can see video of one of the planes landing here.


Teddy found at Bristol Airport traced to South Wales

The century-old teddy was left behind in the departure lounge at Bristol Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

A teddy that was abandoned at Bristol Airport in February last year was once owned by a family from Abergavenny in South Wales.

The discovery attracted a lot of interest all around the world, with historians and toy makers all coming forward with help.

The airport says the bear - which was in a carrier bag with a photo of two children dated 1918 - belonged to Dora and Glyn Baker from Abergavenny but they haven't been able to find any living relatives.

Staff had called the bear Glyn but, since the discovery, have now renamed it "Bristol Bear".

Bristol Airport not affected by national delays

Flights into and out of Bristol Airport are running with minimum delays this morning. It's in contrast to major airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted where there is major disruption caused by technical issues at the national air traffic control centre.

A spokeswoman for Bristol Airport said all flights into and out of the terminal were running as scheduled. But there are delays of around 20 minutes caused by the knock-on effect of the national problem.

National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said the issue stemmed from its control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire. A spokesman said: "Due to a technical problem at Swanwick, we are currently experiencing some difficulty switching from night-time to daytime operation. "

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