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Pics: Pilot makes 360-degree detour so passengers can see Northern Lights

A LC-130 Skibird from the 109th Airlift Wing sits on the ramp at Kangerlussuaq Airport, Greenland with the Northern Lights dazzling in the sky above.(Photo Courtesy of Lt. Col. Kevin Jones)
March 01, 2023

The pilot on an easyJet flight rom Reykjavik, Iceland to Manchester Airport decided to perform a 360-degree turn to allow the passengers onboard to view an “amazing display” of the northern lights over the northern tip of the United Kingdom.

According to Flightradar24, the surprising detour occurred just to the west of the Faroe Islands at approximately 8:30 p.m. and took a little less than 10 minutes.

“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,” wrote Twitter user Adam Groves, who also shared pictures of the stunning display.

“We are pleased that the captain on our flight from Reykjavik to Manchester yesterday evening was able to perform a controlled manoeuvre in order to allow passengers to witness an amazing display from the air of one of nature’s greatest sights, the aurora borealis,” an easyJet spokesperson said, according to Bloomberg.

“Our crew will always go above and beyond for our customers and we’re delighted to have been able to share this special view of the northern lights with them,” the spokesperson added.

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Another Twitter user shared photos of the Northern Lights that night, writing, “Amazing flight home last night with @easyJet EZY1806 @easyJet_press from Reykjavik to @manairport @manairportPRESS Northern Lights spectacular and a full 360 circle round from the pilots to show everyone onboard Thank You!”