What’s the difference between a go-around and a rejected landing?

The recent storms in the U.K. made for some incredible viewing for spotters at airports across the country. The 90 mph winds battered aircraft as they made their approaches to land, the pilots requiring all their training and skills to keep their passengers and crew safe.

Whilst the majority of flights landed first time around, a number of crews decided that, at that exact moment, it would be safer to go back up into the air and have another go. Some of these go-arounds started hundreds of feet above the ground, others once over the airport boundary fence.

However, a select few crews decided to reject their landing once they had already touched down, applying full power and heading back up into the air.

Whilst the two manoeuvres may seem identical from the outside, from the pilots’ perspective, it takes a serious mental shift and a change in actions to carry out the latter. So what exactly is a rejected landing and how does it differ from a go-around?

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