British Airways flight passengers experienced something like a roller coaster on Monday when the strong winds made the plane rocking dramatically while trying to land.
The flight from London to Gibraltar International Airport was redirected to nearby Malaga, Spain, where it safely landed, British Airways told local media.
"As we approached the Rock I did not see any clouds, but the flight took a little dip and suddenly it was as if it was out of control," said Traveler Ramesh Samtani to the Gibraltar Chronicle, adding: "The plane was swinging to the left to the right, and all that could be heard was to scream and scream. It was very scary, and people called "Oh, my God" and prayed. "
Another traveler said he was afraid of his life.
"I was telling my last prayers," Passenger Eli Hasset told BBC. "I was thinking about my children and my wife."
However, Traveler Christie Bubenis offers a much quieter picture of the scene on the plane and footage to support her.
"There was no cry, no screaming," Bubenis wrote in the Instagram post. "I was in 1
In any case, the landing seemed unusual even for Gibraltar.
"Being where we are, we see many landings, but never as rough as that," said the man who shot footage and did not want to be called. "I'm glad I was not at it!"
Gibraltar regularly makes lists of airports that can give passengers some extra chills. Along with the strong winds, the airport is known for the highway that crosses the runway and must be closed for each airplane. However, the airport said online articles calling it "dangerous" were exaggerated.
"Landing in Gibraltar is no different or more risky than landing at another airport," the airport website said, adding that the limited volume of flights made it safer than many other international airports.
for regular high winds and low visibility conditions that were used in this case: the aircraft was diverted to Malaga Airport and passengers were sent to Gibraltar by bus.