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Passenger plane forced to turn around as apocalyptic dust storm roars towards it

A passenger jet was forced to turn around when a huge rolling dust storm roared towards it.

Erica Weston was filming as the apocalyptic wall of dirt ominously approached the town of Mildura, Victoria, in Australia, on Tuesday.

Her flight was heading straight toward it before the pilot took evasive action and tuned around.

Erica filmed the giant weather phenomenon which became so severe the captain had to return to Melbourne to land safely.

The enormous dense wall of orange dust blocked sunlight momentarily for residents.

Erica said: “The plane was approaching epic dust storm at Mildura airport. 

“We had to turn around and return to Melbourne airport due to the severity.”

ABC news in Australia reported the the dust cloud passed over Mildura at around 5pm local time with some saying it was like day turned into night.

Eyewitness Lisa Guarnaccia was driving to Mildura when she got her first glimpse of the cloud.

She said: " I could see the sky changing a different colour and it was very windy."

"I pulled up on the side of the road and into the service road on the other side where those grape vines were and I thought wow this is amazing.

"I was pretty much dodging tumbleweeds, and the branches and the palm trees were blowing, and it was cyclonic actually and very scary indeed."

According to the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia the area was plunged into darkness as gusts of 57km/h hit the town.

Nine news reported that locals believed it was the worst dust storm they had seen in Mildura in 40 years.

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