TERRIFYING new footage from inside a British Airways flight shows the plane lurching violently from side to side while trying to land in extreme winds.
The Airbus A320, which can hold more than 180 people, is seen twisting and turning while flying over Gibraltar, forcing it to divert to Malaga.
Footage from inside a British Airways flight shows the plane lurching violently from side to side while trying to land in extreme winds[/caption]
Video captured by passenger Adrian Worth, 33, from Devon, shows the wings dipping and lifting by nearly 45 degrees.
He told MailOnline: “We were going around looking to land and it started tipping from side to side.
“A few people were panicking as we were unsure what was going on.
“They gave us a warning it would be rough weather but no one could predict that the plane would swing from side to side.”
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Eli Hassett, a passenger aboard, said the ride was like a rollercoaster and compared it to “a near death experience”.
He told Sky News: “I, as a father of three young children, started saying my last prayers.”
The footage appeared on Twitter at lunchtime on Monday.
According to Flight Radar the aircraft involved was BA flight 492, which left London just after 8.30am today.
It had all but made its final approach to Gibraltar International Airport when it was forced to turn north and divert to Malaga on the Costa del Sol.
A British Airways spokesman said: “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.”
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Filmed by Rock Radio, the aircraft’s engines can be heard screeching as the plane fights against buffeting winds.
The man who filmed the incident, who preferred not to give his name, said: “Being where we are we see a lot of the landings, but never one as rough as that.
“Glad that I wasn’t on it!”
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