We flew to Beirut this afternoon, very nice day. They were using runway 16 for arrivals which means you are over the water but basically paralleling the shoreline all the way down the approach. That runway is built out into the Mediterranean. The weather was clear, winds were about 240 at 4 gusting to 5 (for the taildragger pilots out there). The Med was about as flat as I’ve ever seen it.
We were about 9 miles behind an Airbus 330 on the approach. At about 3 miles from touchdown we could see where the wingtip vortexes from the Airbus were hitting the water in front of us. They were really stirring things up, in fact there were two tiny mini waterspouts being kicked up vertically. I doubt they were over 10 or 15 feet high but there was defiantly airborne water.
And I didn’t have my camera.