Passengers onboard British Airways flight 492 were on edge and praying after a wild aborted landing attempt in strong crosswinds on the headland of Gibraltar.
Video filmed from the ground and from inside the plane showed the Airbus A320 rocking from side to side, as it climbed after an aborted landing at around midday (local time) on Monday.
(From 05:30 landing was aborted with quite some roll)
This lunchtimes @British_Airways flight from London Heathrow has diverted to Malaga due to strong winds at Gibraltar Airport 😬 #Gibraltar #Airport #GibraltarAirport #AbortedLanding #StrongWinds #BA492 pic.twitter.com/Oi8DxwNwQ9— Rock Radio (@RockRadio) February 25, 2019
Passenger Ramesh Samanti told local newspaper the plane felt like it was "out of control".
The flight from London to Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, was forced to divert to the Spanish port city of Malaga.
"The plane was swinging from left to right and all you could hear were people shouting and screaming,"
A spokesman for British Airways stated that
"at no point was there a risk to safety".
"The flight has landed safely and passengers have left the aircraft normally," the spokesman said in a statement. "Due to strong winds in the Gibraltar area, our pilots decided to land in Malaga as a precaution. The safety of our customers and crew is always our number one priority."
Passengers were provided with ground transport for the journey to Gibraltar.
Gibraltar airport is known for having strong winds in the area and diverted flights are a common occurrence.
Editor’s commentDefinitely a dramatic approach caught on many cameras! Kudos to BA’s pilot with a safe landing at the end.
Have you encountered some heavy turbulence or wind during your flight? Love to hear from your stories!Cover Photo by Robert Budde @Airlines.net