The F-18 at Palma airport yesterday. | Javier Temes Szentirmai


Palma.—Hurricane force winds  peaking at 140 kilometres per hour caused chaos in the Balearics yesterday and disrupted Spanish Air Force maneuvers.
At 9am, four Spanish F-18s took  off from Son San Joan air base to join other aircraft as part of   Operation Sirio Tormenta 2014 yesterday morning.
But, when they returned to base two-and-a-half hours later, the cross winds at the air base had picked up and were gusting at 40 knots, just over 74 kilometres per hour, and as one of the F-18 came in to land, it was caught in the cross wind and was blown off the runway causing a major emergency.