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My flight on Tuesday from Manchester to Newquay was delayed for 50 mins due to adverse weather conditions at Newquay. When we boarded the captain said it was due to rain and fog but we were ok to go now.
However, as we were preparing for landing, the cabin crew were up and down the aircraft and being very particular about making sure that everyone was well strapped in, especially children. I overheard her telling a family behind me that the weather wasn't great in Newquay and we were in for a rough landing and she mentioned that we were doing ??? (couldn't hear her clearly) landing so it could get very bumpy. I asked her what did she mean and she said because of the fog it would be a hard landing and quite rough.
I felt my panic levels rise a bit, and even though I couldn't see the runway until we virtually touched down, the landing was actually better than some I have experienced in fine weather! :-)
I asked the crew again as I left the aircraft what was the phrase that they used to describe the landing, so this is for you if you could explain it to me please......
They said it was a 'cat 3a' landing and it was '50ft at 200meters (think I got that right)
What does that mean?