Ask the pilot #3

We are happy to answer two more questions from our passengers.

Can turbulence break the wings of an airplane?

Planes are subject to impressive tests long before they are delivered to airlines. They are extremely robust machines, extraordinary works of engineering, which structure is infinitely tested. Severe turbulence areas are marked on the radar, according to their severity, so that pilots can avoid them. After each landing, the aircraft is subject to inspection by maintenance teams that take into account any damage that may have been caused during the flight. And no, there is no register at SATA of broken wings on any arrival.

And when the plane looks like it’s about to land and suddenly gives up on landing, speeds up and takes off again. What happened in the cockpit?

When the plane does this it means the pilot aborted landing and will perform a go-around. It happens when the pilot approaches the runway and is not perfectly satisfied with any aspect of an approach and landing. They give power to the engines again to gain altitude, clearing the runway and landing area. It usually happens when there’s low visibility or when the wind direction changes abruptly. Although impressive, a go-around is not dangerous. It’s a maneuver that aims to reinforce landing safety and not the other way around.