This is the nail-biting moment a Ryanair pilot aborts his landing as his plane is battered by high winds during Spain’s killer Storm Gloria.

A plane spotter at Valencia’s Manises Airport took the astonishing footage of the manoeuvre, known as a go-around.

The video showed the aircraft swaying from side to side in dramatic fashion as it came in to land, before the pilot headed for the skies again.

Local reports said the Boeing 737 had ended up landing at another airport because of the weather conditions.

Winds at the time of the incident, which occurred on Monday morning, were said to be near 60mph.

The plan swayed from side to side as it approached the runway

A number of flights to Valencia were diverted or cancelled that day because of Storm Gloria, blamed for the deaths of 13 people so far.

Several other people are still missing, including 25-year-old Brit Ben Garland who is feared to have been swept to sea after being hit by a wave as he took photos at a beach in the north of Ibiza.

In aviation, a go-around is an aborted landing of an aircraft that is on its final approach.

The pilot aborted the landing at the last second
Javier Rullan Ruano caught the moment on camera

It can either be initiated by the pilot flying or requested by air traffic control for various reasons, such an an unstabilised approach or an obstruction on the runway.

Plane spotter Javier Rullan Ruano, who posted the footage on his YouTube channel, said: "It was a very complicated day at Valencia Airport due to Storm Gloria, with numerous go-arounds and many detours to other airports.

“Only a few pilots managed to land in those conditions with crosswinds and 49 knot gusts.”

Viewers congratulated Mr Ruano on the video

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He was congratulated for the footage after posting it online.

One said: “The people in the plane must have s**t their pants.”

Another added: “Best go-around ever. Super video.”

Anya Connolly wrote: “I would have s**t my pants or passed out. I hate flying at the best of times. Lots of sick bags at the ready for the cabin crew.”