A British Airways flight that was forced to divert from its planned course after encountering strong gusts off the coast of southern Europe on Monday.
Flight BA492 was scheduled to take off from London Heathrow airport at 8:25 a.m. and land in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar at 12:20 p.m.
However, it eventually touched down at 12:41 p.m. in the southern Spanish city of Malaga after strong winds prevented it from landing in its intended destination.
According to historical FlightAware data, winds were gusting upwards of 40mph. Is that really enough to cause an Airbus A320 to sway like this? I’m genuinely curious because this seems extreme. #BA492 pic.twitter.com/hbqbDyxblt
— Max Prosperi (@unaccompflyer) February 25, 2019
The Video footage of the incident shows the plane see-sawing from side to side as it struggles against the wind.
British Airways asked was arranging ground transport so that passengers could continue their journey to Gibraltar.
British Airways apologized to customers for the disruption to their journey, they added that safety of their customers and crew was the number one priority.
The flight was an Airbus A320 whichs has a capacity of 100 to 240 passengers.