Passengers on a British Airways flight experienced some of a roller coaster on Monday when strong winds caused the aircraft to swing dramatically as it attempted to land.
The flight ticket from London to Gibraltar International Airport was diverted to nearby Malaga, Spain, where it landed safely, British Airways told local media.
"As we approached the Rock, I couldn't see any clouds, but the plane took a little dip and suddenly it was like it was out of control," said passenger Ramesh Samtani Gibraltar Chronicle and added: [1
Another passenger said he was scared for life.
"I said my last prayers," said passenger Eli Hassett to the BBC. "I was thinking of my children and my wife."
However, the passenger Kristis Bubnelis offered a much quieter picture of the scene aboard the plane and the recording to back it up.
"It wasn't a single cry, there was no scream," Bubnelis wrote in an Instagram post. "I was in seat 16C, all I heard was laughter from my fellow players about how much the plane resembled a roller coaster. "
In any case, the landing seemed only to Gibraltar.
"Being where we are, we see many landings, but never one as rough as that," the person who shot the footage and did not want to be named, told the Chronicle. "Glad I wasn't there!"
Gibraltar routinely creates lists of airports that can give passengers some extra excitement. Along with high winds, the airport is known for the highway that bisects the runway and must be closed for each flight. But the airport said that electronic articles that called it "dangerous" were overblown.
"Landing in Gibraltar is no different or risky than landing at another airport," noted the airport, adding that limited aircraft volume made it safer than many other international airports.
There is also a plan in place for the usual high winds and low visibility conditions, which were used in this case: the aircraft diverted to Malaga airport and the passengers were sent to Gibraltar by bus.