Passengers' ordeal as Gatwick plane aborts landing at Glasgow amid gales

A flight to Glasgow was forced to abort two landing attempts in Scotland before being diverted to Manchester as gale force winds battered the North.

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The easyJet plane, which departed Gatwick at 7.35am, was diverted to Edinburgh after weather forced the crew to abandon a landing attempt at Glasgow.

After flying east across Scotland, a second landing attempt in Edinburgh was aborted as the storm reached the Scottish capital.

Hazel Bedford, a Cancer Research UK worker who was flying to Glasgow for a mid-morning meeting, said: "I'm feeling really lucky to be alive.

"We took off as normal, the captain came over the PA and said there was a chance it could be a bit bumpy north of the border and there could be some delays while landing.

"But we got further north and suddenly everything started shaking and bumping, we were going up and down, up and down, like a roller coaster. It looked like we were going to land as normal and were just above the buildings when we were suddenly in full climb again."

Ms Bedford explained that the crew said they would travel to Edinburgh, where weather conditions were believed to be better.

She said: "We came into land in Edinburgh and again the same, it felt like we we're hitting big air pockets and dropping huge distances.

"We were ten feet of the ground and being buffeted from side to side and and the same thing happened; we abandoned the descent and went into full climb.

"An awful lot of people were being sick but the plane, it was incredibly quiet. When cabin crew said 'we're going to Manchester', people started to realise this was serious,

"All I could think of was my new year's resolution this year, which was to write my own will, and I haven't done it. It was that frightening. I was absolutely terrified."

A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed that the flight, carrying 112 passengers and six crew, was diverted due to adverse weather.

She said: "The captain had planned initially to land in Edinburgh but high winds meant this was not possible and so took the decision to divert to Manchester Airport.

"EasyJet would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused and the passengers will be flying onwards to Glasgow shortly with a number opting to take transport back to Gatwick instead.

"The safety of passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority."

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