Plane forced to land SIDEWAYS as 75mph winds batter Britain

Strong crosswinds forced pilot into difficult landings as they battled against the elements

As storms and rain lash Britain, this video shows the true extent of the strong winds battering England.

Gales of up to 75mph forced pilots of Air France and Ryanair planes to make difficult landings at Bristol Airport as they battled against the elements.

The Air France plane was filmed heading towards the runway almost sideways in the strong crosswinds before finally correcting its approach.

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Other flights across Britain reportedly experienced similar problems as storms raged.

The Environment Agency issued 70 flood alerts, with five serious flood warnings in the South-West.

The windy weather is expected to continue until the end of the week, although the severity has been downgraded overnight.