The royal couple – and about 40 traveling media members – were returning to Islamabad in the converted RAF Voyager after a day of engagements in Lahore, when they found themselves in a violent thunderstorm.
The journey – which should have been about 26 minutes – at first seemed quite routine, but as it approached Islamabad, lightning was visible on both sides of the plane. In bad weather in the area, the captain announced that the aircraft would be circling as it waits for a gap in the weather system, according to CNN reporters during the flight.
When an approach was finally completed an hour later, high turbulence shook the aircraft and the aircraft stopped attempting to land. The pilot later attempted to make a second departure at another airport, but again the turbulence was too great and the decision was made to return to Lahore.
The Airbus A330 was in the air for nearly two hours. The aircraft was converted by the British Royal Air Force to provide VIP transport for government officials and the royal family.
William added that he and Kate were "fine."
The Duke and Duchess spent the day in Lahore, touring a charity that helps orphaned children, attend a cancer hospital, and join a cricket match, among other engagements.