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A Tsunami Cloud Appears in Makassar, 5 Aircraft are Forced to Rotate for 20 Minutes

QUX.ME - Five planes were forced to spin in the Makassar air space for up to 20 minutes.

This is due to the emergence of tsunami wave clouds or cumulonimbus clouds rolling in the sky of Makassar City, Tuesday (1/1/2019) afternoon.

The five planes had to wait for the weather to improve so that they could land at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar.

This was stated by General Manager of AirNav Indonesia Makassar Air Traffic Service Center (MATSC) branch, Novy Pantaryanto when confirmed on Wednesday (2/1/2019).

"When the cumulonimbus clouds rolled in the sky of Makassar City on Tuesday (1/1/2019) afternoon, there were five planes experiencing a delay in landing at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar."

"So that the plane circled first above about 15 to 20 minutes then landed after the weather began to improve," said Novy.

Novy said, the tsunami wave cloud is a very dangerous cloud.

Inside the clump of cumulonimbus clouds there are particles of lightning, ice and others that are very dangerous for the flight.

This cloud of cumulonimbus is the most avoided by pilots, because in the cloud there is also a whirlwind.

"It's terrible that the cumulonimbus cloud. If we see the tornado, the tail of the wind is inside the cumulonimbus cloud. "

"These clouds can also freeze aircraft engines, because there are lots of ice particles in them."

"There are lightning particles and so on in the cloud," he explained.

Although the cumulonimbus cloud is considered dangerous for airlines, Novy said, it has had a weather radar device on flight routes that can track weather for a radius of 100 Km.

So, if you see the cumulonimbus cloud on the radar, he immediately said it and the pilot will turn the plane up to 15 degrees.

"No pilot dared to penetrate the cumulonimbus cloud. So we have a weather radar and coordinate with BMKG. "

"So the data from BMKG obtained related to bad weather will be submitted to the pilot."

"So bad weather happens, it is safe for flight traffic," he explained.

Novy added, cumulonimbus clouds are at an altitude of 1,000 to 15,000 feet.

So that for flights 30,000 to 40,000 feet is safe for the aircraft.

"So flight traffic is safe, if there is severe weather threatening," he added.