British Airways flight struck by lightning forcing emergency diversion

Passengers on a British Airways flight reportedly had to face a terrifying ordeal after their aeroplane was struck by lightning, forcing an unplanned diversion.

The plane was traveling from Stuttgart to Heathrow but instead had to make its way to Gatwick. A shaken passenger named Jeco relayed the experience to The Sun stating, "The crew were amazing when our flight got struck by lightning on the approach to Heathrow," adding, "It was shocking. The flight had to divert to Gatwick."

British Airways confirmed the incident saying, "BA919 diverted to Gatwick earlier this afternoon due to weather related conditions in the region. The flight landed just before 2pm. Customers were driven from Gatwick to Heathrow."

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Lightning strikes are a common occurrence for commercial aeroplanes, according to Turkish airline Pegasus. It stated that research reveals "each aircraft is struck by a lightning once a year on average."

The airline also sought to reassure passengers with their statement: "If an aircraft is struck by a lightning, it can cause a radiant light and a strong rumble along with shakes. In case of a lightning strike, passengers should remain calm and follow the flight attendant's instructions.", reports the Mirror.

Planes are designed with safety measures to handle such incidences, including anti-static paint and a design that allows the lightning to redirect back into the air.

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