- 17:56, 9 MAY 2019
Passengers were left fearing for their lives after a plane was struck by lightning above Wales.
The ASL Airlines plane, en route from Ibiza to Cardiff, was flying over south Wales on Wednesday afternoon when it began to experience turbulence.
Just as the turbulence seemed likely to end, a "huge bang" shook the plane and left returning TUI holidaymakers terrified that one of the plane's engines had been blown out thousands of feet above the Vale of Glamorgan.
“We were about 30 minutes away from Cardiff when we entered a bit of turbulence,” Cath Emery, who was returning from a sun holiday with her boyfriend, told WalesOnline.
“At that point we couldn’t really see anything out of the window because of the weather .
“Shortly after that, all of a sudden and out of nowhere, there was this huge bang.
“All the lights in the plane went off and I remember there was a baby sat near us who was crying.
“I thought straight away that we were going to crash. I’m not a very good flyer anyway and I’ve never experienced anything like that before. My boyfriend flies far more regularly than I do but when it happened I looked at his face and he was in as much shock as I was.
“We all saw this flash of light outside and people started to realise what had happened: we’d been struck by lightning. ”
Minutes after the lightning bolt sent a wave of panic through the aircraft the plane landed successfully at Cardiff Airport, with no reported injuries.
Paula Freeman, another passenger on-board the flight said:
“We were flying above Penarth so we weren’t far from coming into land in Cardiff, and then there was this massive bang and then a flash of light.
“People were just shocked. We didn’t know what had happened at first and there were a lot of gasps from passengers when the bang happened.
“We thought one of the engines had blown out. It was so frightening and luckily we were landing soon after.
“I've flown lots of times and nothing like this has ever happened before.”
After the impact the pilot came over the intercom and confirmed passengers fears, that the plane had just been struck by lightning.
The plane then continued its descent and landed without incident at Cardiff Airport at 12.50pm.
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