Prince William and Kate Middleton's Plane Encounters an Electrical Storm in Pakistan

Gracious Egedegbe
Oct 18, 2019
01:13 P.M.
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The internet is set abuzz after news of Prince William and Kate Middleton getting caught up in storm mid-air hit the media. 

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Via Twitter, Simon Perry of the People Magazine shared the startling news on Thursday, October 17. According to him, the couple's jet was caught in a "terrifying" electrical storm as their plane tried to land in Islamabad. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for the official tour portrait for their trip to Canada and California in the Garden's of Clarence House on June 3, 2011 in London | Photo: Getty Images

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The tweet reads:

"Phew. Landed! But in Lahore. A terrifying electrical storm hit as we tried to land at Islamabad. Lightning seemed to be crashing around the right wing. Despite the best efforts of the pilot of William and Kate's RAF Voyager plane, we couldn't land there."

The incident happened on the fourth day of the couple's widely publicized tour, which the couple spent in Lahore. It is reported that the storm was so terrible that all the efforts of the pilot to land the RAF Voyager at two different airports fell through. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan | Photo: Getty Images

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The plane eventually turned back and landed in Lahore, taking a total of about two hours instead of the mere 25 minutes it was scheduled to be. 

The news is fast making the rounds with Press Association reporter Emma Louise Bowden also tweeting about the unfortunate incident. 

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After landing, experienced pilot Prince William reportedly had a humorous take on the incident as he reassured the media at the back of the plane. 

Netizens are, however, not finding the reports a humorous one considering the tragic ways the incident may have turned out. 

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One netizen, @nathanmorley tweeted:

"Sounds terrifying. Stiff drink required…"

Another such netizen, @stephpetit_ tweeted:

"So glad everyone is safely back on the ground!"

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The royal couple's travel came as they made their return back from a busy day in Lahore, where they enjoyed quality time with a young cancer patient at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. 

Middleton, who is a mother of three herself, made a rare sight, alongside her husband, by donning a tiara as they had tea with seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani. 

The cute youngster, who also wore a matching toy tiara like the Duchess's, was pictured beaming as she played the host of the toy tea party right on her bed!

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