Passengers on board a recent Southwest Airlines flight are feeling lucky to be alive after a terrifying experience. The flight was coming from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana when the plane attempted to land during severe thunder and lightning.
According to reports, passengers were "screaming, crying, and preparing to die" during this frightening incident. Passenger Lauren Bale shared her "terrifying experience" on Twitter in a series of tweets. Bale went on to say that she was so frightened that she was texting her family goodbye.
The plane attempted to land but was unable to do so safely and had to be rerouted to Panama City, Florida. Four hours behind schedule the plane eventually did land in New Orleans. While all on board were thankful to have landed safely, some wondered why Southwest even attempted to land in such a terrible storm.
According to Fox News, Southwest Airlines issued a statement regarding this incident. The statement reads, “Our top focus is Safety. Flight 3461 from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans arrived about four hours behind schedule after persistent thunderstorms over New Orleans forced prolonged holding near New Orleans awaiting clearance from air traffic controllers followed by a refueling stop in Panama City before the completion of the journey. The Safety of our Customers and Employees, as well as the safe operation of every flight, is our highest priority.”
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