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Airplane Take-Off in Front of Funnel Cloud

Here’s a cool shot of a Ryanair flight taking off in front of a funnel cloud.

There were no reports of it fully forming a tornado, but it’s still a cool picture.

As to the distance, from Accuweather:

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.

 

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