Pilot turns plane around mid-flight so passengers can see the northern lights
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A pilot has performed a U-turn mid-flight so passengers could view the stunning northern lights.
While there has been no shortage of flight delays and planes turning around unable to reach their destination in the past few months, finally, there’s some good news for passengers.
Passengers on flight U21806 from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Manchester Airport were left amazed when an easyJet pilot took an unusual route.
The detour took less than 10 minutes as passengers witnessed the breathtaking views of the polar lights.
And while their flight might have been slightly behind schedule, it was well worth it, according to those on board.
Adam Groves, of Lymm, Cheshire, said the incredible sight ‘topped off’ his vacation, which also saw him get engaged, as per BBC News.
Big thanks to the @easyJet pilot of EZY1806 from Reykjavik to Manchester who did a 360 fly by mid flight to make sure all passengers could see the incredible Northern Lights 🤩 pic.twitter.com/A4CHi9Hqgo— Adam Groves (@APTGroves) February 27, 2023
Mr Groves said he and his fiancee Jasmine Mapp were on the right-hand side of the aircraft and said they would not have been able to see the spectacular aurora if it wasn’t for the very ‘kind’ pilot.
Mr Groves added that the two attempted to see the northern lights during their Iceland trip but were unsuccessful.
He said: "We were hoping to see them while we were out there, but we didn't get the chance.
"We took off and halfway into the flight the pilot turned all the lights off and the view could be seen out the left window.
"But we were sitting on the right-hand side and after a few minutes the pilot switched back and did a 360 loop around for everyone to see."
His partner, Ms Mapp, said the final surprise on their return flight was the best way to end their romantic getaway.
She said: "After days of jumping in the car at any opportunity to try and find the northern lights without spotting them, finally getting to see them in the sky was the perfect ending to a very special trip."
A spokesperson from easyJet said: “We are pleased that the captain on our flight from Reykjavik to Manchester yesterday evening was able to perform a controlled manoeuvre in order to allow passengers to witness an amazing display from the air of one of nature's greatest sights, the aurora borealis.
“Our crew will always go above and beyond for our customers and we're delighted to have been able to share this special view of the northern lights with them.”