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British Airways Flight Diverted to Gatwick After Lightning Strike

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British Airways Flight Diverted to Gatwick After Lightning Strike
British Airways Flight Diverted to Gatwick After Lightning Strike

London, UK – July 8, 2024
- A British Airways flight from Stuttgart to Heathrow was forced to divert to Gatwick Airport after being struck by lightning. The incident occurred on Flight BA919, causing concern among passengers and prompting an emergency response from the crew.


The flight departed Stuttgart just after 1 pm local time (12 pm BST) and was scheduled to land at Heathrow at 1:40 pm. However, due to the lightning strike, the crew decided to divert to Gatwick for safety reasons.


Passenger Robert Rossall, who was returning from a trip to Germany for the Euros, commended the captain and crew for their professionalism. Speaking to MailOnline, Rossall said, "The captain made a decision to land at the safer airport given the conditions and lightning strike. Once on the tarmac, he was informative and even walked the length of the plane to talk to all passengers. The cabin crew passed around bottled water and were calming. [It was] very professionally handled."


The diverted flight arrived at Gatwick just under an hour late, touching down at 2:24 pm.


A British Airways spokesman confirmed the incident, stating, "BA919 diverted to Gatwick earlier this afternoon due to weather-related conditions in the region. The flight landed just before 2 pm. Customers were driven from Gatwick to Heathrow."


Passengers were relieved and praised the crew's response to the unexpected situation, highlighting their efforts to ensure everyone's safety and comfort.

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