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UK flight to Spain makes emergency landing after lightning strike

Source: Plymouth Herald - Fri 25th Jul 2014
UK flight to Spain makes emergency landing after lightning strike

An Easyjet flight from Bristol to Barcelona was forced into making an emergency landing at Reus Airport this morning when the plane was stuck by lightening.

The Airbus A319-111 was forced to land at Spain's Reus Airport, requiring the 156 passengers on board to complete their journey to Barcelona by coach, over one hour's drive up the road.

Traveller Izzy Ferris, 19, said: "We were just flying over Barcelona and this storm came out of nowhere.

"We were hit by lightning, it was absolutely terrifying. There was a massive loud bang and a lot of flashing.

"Everyone is fine but a lot of the women were screaming and crying and the cabin crew were flung down the plane.

"I think one guy even saw the lightning go all the way around the plane.

"We had to make an emergency landing because of it all, they're putting us all on buses to go back to Barcelona."

The flight, from Bristol Airport, was due to arrive at Barcelona International at 10.10am local time.

But, just minutes before landing, the plane was struck by the freak storm.

It is thought the airport is currently closed, with many other planes also forced to land at Reus.

Other passengers took to Twitter to speak of their horror.

Darren Williams, a web development student, said: "Just flew through a monster storm, plane hit by lightning an we were diverted to Reus Airport..... "Worst flight I've ever been on ... Currently sat on the plane waiting to see what's happening next."

While John Evans wrote: "Holy sh*t the plane got struck by lightning, and we had to land in a different airport."

An easyjet spokesperson said: "easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6025 carrying 154 passengers from Bristol to Barcelona airport was diverted to Reus airport due to thunder storms at Barcelona.

"The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority and the aircraft landed safely at Reus at 10:30am local time.

"Upon arrival at Reus, the aircraft was hit by lightning. The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and at no point was the safety of the flight, passengers or crew onboard compromised.

"Passengers disembarked as normal and will continue their onward journey to Barcelona by road. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced.

"A full inspection of the aircraft has been scheduled."

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* Near-miss at Barcelona airport caught on video

* Reus and Girona airports under EC investigation

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