Visibility at MAN
was terrible with RVR (Runway Visual Range) down at around 200m this morning and it came in pretty quick! Many aircraft diverted to LBA BHX
and a couple to EMA
But that wasn't the only problem, the airport operates only one runway in low vis procedures and unfortunately this had to be closed for a short time.
This was due to one poor BA
Dash-8 who braved the weather and managed to deprt, only to have a hydraulics failure and find he couldn't land back at MAN
as the RVR was below the aircrafts minima for landing!! He then diverted to LBA
safely and the runway had to inspected, and possibly cleaned as I believe hydraulic fluid was left for around 160 feet on the runway. Things seem to clearing up quite significantly now.