EasyJet pilot praised for 360-degree turn so passengers could see light show

By Linsey McNeill
28/02/2023
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A travel agent posted photos of the Northern Lights taken by a passenger on an easyJet flight to Manchester after the pilot performed a 360-degree turn.

The light show occurred as the flight EZY1806 was heading from Reykjavik in Iceland on Monday night.

They could be seen lighting up the sky on the left side of the plane, but after a couple of minutes the pilot did a 360 loop around to give those sitting on the right a view.

Agent Sarah Pratt of The Travel Boutique posted images (above) on Facebook taken by a passenger, Ross Sticka, who was sitting near her client Joanne.

Joanne, who was on her way home from a two-night trip to Iceland, couldn’t get any decent photos, so she asked Ross to airdrop his.

Another passenger, photographer Adam Groves, told the Manchester Evening News: “We had been half expecting them as the aurora forecast was high, but low cloud cover in Iceland over the past week meant we didn’t see them from land. We were hoping to see them while we were out there but didn’t get the chance.

“We took off and halfway into the flight the pilot turned all the lights off and the view was out the left window. We were sat on the right hand side and after two to three minutes the pilot switched back and did a 360 loop around for everyone to see.

Adam shared his photos on Twitter with the caption: “Big thanks to the @easyJet pilot of EZY1806 from Reykjavik to Manchester who did a 360 fly by mid flight to make sure all passengers could see the incredible Northern Lights.”

Picture credit: Ross Sticka

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