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Former Pondicherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi took to Twitter to cheer on the two Air Indians who managed to land safely at London Heathrow Airport amid gusts of Storm Eunice sweeping the northwest of Europe for which hundreds of flights have been cancelled. Bedi shared the video of the landing which went viral on social media, praising the pilots for a job well done.

Bedi wrote: “Air India Flight lands safely in London amid ongoing Storm Eunice. High praise for the skilled AI pilot.” It comes at a time when Storm Eunice has carved a deadly trail across northwestern Europe, leaving transport networks in disarray and killing at least 16 people. due to falling trees and flying debris caused by high winds in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Poland.

The landing was broadcast live by YouTube channel Big Jet TV which broadcasts the planes landing and taking off live at Heathrow, with commentator Jerry Dyers describing every movement of the plane, Hindustan time reported. According to reports, the flights landed at Heathrow on Friday afternoon. AI-147 was from Hyderabad and had Anchit Bhardwaj as captain; AI-145 was from Goa and Aditya Rao was the captain.

Meanwhile, UK rail operators have urged people not to travel, after most of the network was shut down when Eunice brought the strongest gust of wind on record to England – 122 miles (196 kilometres) by time. The Netherlands rail network has been crippled, with no international Eurostar and Thalys services from Britain and France after damage to overhead power lines. France and Ireland were also struggling with rail disruptions and power cuts, and German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said “more than 1,000 kilometres” (620 miles) of track suffered damage.

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