Terrified passengers have praised an easyJet pilot who got them safely home after ‘four aborted landings’ during horror Storm Arwen conditions.
The flight from Bristol to Edinburgh was forced to circle the capital’s airspace for more than half an hour during high winds on Friday night.
After repeated unsuccessful bids to get the airplane on the tarmac, scared passengers told how those in charge remained ‘calm and professional’ to get the job done.
The flight was then diverted to Glasgow where it was able to land at the first attempt, reports Edinburgh Live.
After reaching the ground safely, one passenger wrote online: “Bravo captain and crew on EZY429 Bristol to Edinburgh tonight.
“Four aborted landings and a diversion to Glasgow in the storm. Calmness and professionalism personified. Won’t lie, I was scared. Thank you.”
Another added: “Thanks to the crew on EZY429 Bristol to Edinburgh/Glasgow who were very professional and kind despite the weather forcing plans to change.”
Wind speeds reached over 60mph in Edinburgh on Friday evening as Scotland wrestled gale-force gusts.
A weather warning was put in place and remained until Saturday morning with both air and rail travel disrupted as a result.
Passengers were later driven by coach from Glasgow back to Edinburgh after the flight landed.
An easyJet spokesperson said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY429 from Bristol to Edinburgh was unable to land in Edinburgh due to winds gusting outside the limits of the aircraft and was required to divert to Glasgow.
“easyJet provided coach transfers for passengers from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
“The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority. While this was outside of our control we would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of the weather and thank them for their patience and understanding.”
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