There were no reports of it fully forming a tornado, but it’s still a cool picture.
Without more details, AccuWeather experts cannot pinpoint the proximity of the plane to the funnel cloud but speculate that the distance could have been anywhere from a half mile up to 3 miles in between.
Still, anything even as weak as an EF0 tornado can cause disruption to a nearby plane.
“At a low elevation, a downdraft could push the plane back into the ground and cause a crash,” he said. “Those are the exact conditions you don’t want to take off in.”
This was on a short EMA-PMI flight.