Can Planes Fly in Bad Weather?

Can Planes Fly in Bad Weather?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com   Many airline passengers worry about their safety during the rainy season. Bad weather can cause visibility issues and a shaky flight. Surprisingly, bad weather is rarely fatal for modern passenger aircraft models. Still, how do airlines know if it’s safe to fly in bad weather? During the winter or monsoon season, the number of canceled and delayed flights are significantly higher. This isn’t because the planes themselves could not handle the rain or snow. In fact, commercial jets are known for being unbelievably durable. The major reason for the delays and cancellations can be traced down to the airports.   Flying during snowfall A little snow is never an issue for airlines. The problem occurs when heavy snowfall starts covering the runways in a blanket of slush. When snow accumulates, the runways must first be plowed clear and this can take a bit of time. Snow also causes visibility issues for everyone. Thus, airports will have to slow down the operations to keep everyone safe.   How wind affects an airplane During takeoff and landing, wind can cause problems. Headwind—the type that blows towards the direction of a plane, is preferred during take-off because it reduces the take-off run. Meanwhile, tailwinds or wind that blows from the back of the plane is preferred when the plane is already in flight because it reduces the total flight duration. The problem is often caused by crosswinds. These winds blow across the plane and can cause problems during takeoff and landing. Different aircraft models have set wind limitations that will help pilots and airport personnel to decide whether...