By John Smith • 03 December 2019 • 13:20
A BA A320 aircraft similar to that struck by lightning
Credit: Valentin Hintikka flickr
Early this week and just 30 minutes away from landing, travellers on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Gibraltar were advised by the pilot that due to poor visibility the plane was to be placed a holding pattern to await better weather.
Then when it started its descent it ran into very stormy weather and passengers later reported that the aircraft was shaking and then there was a flash and a booming noise.
The pilot diverted to Malaga and after landing confirmed that the plane had been hit by lightning and would have to be checked for safety before re-entering service.
Those on board the flight were then taken to Gibraltar by coach.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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