What These Passengers Saw Outside Their Plane Window Would Terrify Me Forever.
If you have a fear of flying and want to be able to fly again in the future, you might want to stop reading here. For everyone’s worst nightmare became a reality for passengers on board a flight from London, UK to Florence, Italy last week. Their aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after a part of the left wing fell off. [intra-ad-a] Shortly after taking off from London City airport a loud bang was heard by those aboard, the 60 passengers were shocked to discover that a 6ft (1.8m) piece of the wing was dangling in the air.
Here’s a video of the incident filmed by one of the passengers:
Daily Telegraph journalist Cole Moreton was one of the 60 passengers on board and explained what went through everyone’s minds during that moment of fear.
The bang made people jump and was alarming. Then we sat there thinking ‘this isn’t right, surely? Does the pilot know?’ But we didn’t appear to be crashing. So there was a tense few minutes while we circled and waited for an announcement. It was a relief to get back on the ground.
The Avro RJ85 aircraft was diverted back to London City airport and landed with the badly burned section of the wing only just attached. Passengers were put on another flight two hours after landing back in London.Â A CityJet spokesperson later said the piece was merely a cover for the plane’s inner-mechanics.
The cover of the operating mechanism on the wing became partially detached. The crew followed their standard procedures.
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