Aircraft hit by LIGHTNING in terrifying video as flight redirects to Manchester Airport

A PASSENGER plane was filmed being hit by lightning in a heart-stopping video.

The Thomas Cook flight had just left Manchester Airport for Banjul in Gambia when the incident happened on Sunday evening.

In jaw-dropping footage, the craft is seen rising up into the overcast skies.

Suddenly, a lightning bolt hits the wing but surprisingly there is little reaction from the passengers inside.

A Thomas Cook spokesperson said those affected were able to board a separate flight later that evening.

The clip has been seen more than 7,000 times since being posted to Twitter Sunday.

“Wow,” one simply wrote.

Another commented: “That’s a close call.”

“Flight MT1140 from Manchester to Banjul returned to Manchester shortly after take-off following a lightning strike,” they said.

“The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and a full inspection was undertaken by our Manchester hangar engineers.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our first priority and we are sorry for the delay and inconvenience caused.

“Customers departed Manchester later in the evening on a different aircraft.”

Britain was battered by freezing storms and snow flurries yesterday.

The Environment Agency warned of floods from big waves on coasts.

And a “danger to life” warning has since been issued as Storm Gareth hit this morning.

Brits have been told to expect travel delays and power cuts today as winds of 75mph pulverise the country.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “More wet and very windy weather is heading our way.

“Storm Gareth is arriving on Tuesday and will last until Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.”

Although the winds will be at their strongest in Northern Ireland, Deakin predicts gusts of 65mph in the north of England over Tuesday night, with winds reaching 55mph in the south.

He went on: “Those kinds of winds cause travel disruptions.

“There may be some interruption to power, bringing down branches and trees with big waves in the sea too.”

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