BA Passenger 'Said His Final Prayers' On Terrifying Flight From Heathrow To Gibraltar
This is the terrifying moment a British Airways passenger started 'saying his last prayers' after the flight he was travelling on was seen tossing and turning from side-to-side in the air.
The plane had taken off from Heathrow Airport and was destined for Gibraltar but because of extreme winds it was forced to make a diversion and head to Malaga Airport on the Costa del Sol.
The footage was posted to Twitter and shows the aircraft being thrown from side-to-side, dipping and lifting by nearly 45 degrees.
Speaking to Sky News, Eli Hassett - who travels on the same flight every week - said: "We were tilting from one side of the plane to the other. The wings were tilting, it was a near-death experience - let me call it that.
"The captain, the pilot, she said to get ready for landing and warned us that it might be a bit bumpy because of the winds.
"All of a sudden I literally felt like I was on a roller-coaster, tilting from side to side, we had no idea what was going on, people were, to say the least, very, very nervous.
"I - as a father of three young children - started saying my last prayers because I've been flying for many years as a frequent flyer and I've never experienced such a terrible situation.
More Like ThisMore Like This
"It looks bad but it felt much worse... it felt as if the plane had completely lost control."
Praising the flight crew, Mr Hassett added: "You could see the pilot was well trained and she was professional to deal with any type of situation, but I don't think any of them had ever experienced this before."
The aircraft involved was BA flight 492 which took off from Heathrow Airport at 8:25am yesterday.
According to The Sun, it had all but made its final approach to Gibraltar International Airport when it was forced to turn north and divert to Malaga.
In a statement, British Airways told LADbible: "The flight has landed safely and passengers have left the aircraft normally. Due to strong winds in the Gibraltar area, our pilots decided to land in Malaga as a precaution.
"The safety of our customers and crew is always our number one priority."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/MackeminGib