Who could blame this pilot for wanting a cup of tea and a lie down after landing in such hairy conditions at Wellington Airport this morning?

An early morning Jet Star flight JQ251 from Auckland took two attempts to land in the capital as winds of nearly 120 kph barrelled through the runway.

A video has emerged of grateful passengers on board the domestic flight clapping the pilot for his skill in getting the plane down safely.

Planespotters watched as the aircraft aborted its first attempt due to the wild weather.

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Screengrab of the flight track for Jetstar flight JQ251 that landed at Wellington Airport during very strong winds.
Screengrab of the flight track for Jetstar flight JQ251 that landed at Wellington Airport during very strong winds.

It then flew a large loop back into Cook Strait before successfully landing on the second attempt, buffeted by the severe gusts as it made its final approach.

Nervousness was replaced by relief with spontaneous applause ringing out in the cabin as the plane touched down.