Do read and enjoy this translation of yesterdays BA flight story ...
THE TIME THAT WAS IN THE SPORADES ... EYE OF "MEDOUSAS"
Terror in the air over Skiathos.
Tempting the 45 passengers of BA 2225 flight of British Airways, which last performed in the morning London - Skiathos route. Lightning struck the aircraft in flight, minutes before the landing process started on the island of Papadiamantis, which at that time was "the eye of Medusa."
From one moment to another, carefree flight had started from London at 7.10 am (local time) and was expected to Skiathos airport at 12.15 noon, carrying British tourists and Greeks evolved into a thriller.
The flash and the click of lightning hitting the 'frozen' crew and passengers, who began to ask each other what happened. Some who were at the window of the brilliance that saw "tears" the dense clouds, they realized that the plane was hit by lightning.
At the same time, heavy rain "whip" the sky Skiathos, complicating the situation.
They followed great moments of suspense, with the pilot of British Airways to communicate with the control tower of the airport of Skiathos, and indicate that the aircraft was struck by lightning and that has a problem.
The pilot may not have, unsurprisingly, accurate picture that moment, that if the aircraft has undergone significant external damage or not, but it seems he did not want to take chances.
Having followed the protocol for similar cases, checking all systems, the pilot of British Airways Skiathos informed that it will land and return required in Athens.
According to cross information of TT, the pilot, after consultation with the Skiathos control tower and in order not to create greater panic, rushed to reassure them by saying microphone from the cockpit: "We struck lightning. No need to worry. The hull of the plane is robust and the aircraft tested and certified. We will land in the airport of Athens. " Passengers pulled an exclamation of relief and calmed down for a moment, as the voice of the pilot sounded calm and determined.
Their agony was however finally end when the aircraft descended and immobilized safely airstrip.
The plane at 13:00 local time, landed at the airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" in Athens, with passengers praised the pilot for his temper and effectiveness. The landing was accompanied by warm and prolonged applause passengers as little token of gratitude for the experienced pilot who got them safe on the ground.
British Airways is sure to provide accommodation and catering for all passengers who were yesterday in Athens to travel on other flights to Skiathos morning.
According to reports, the aircraft was struck by lightning damaged in need of repair. Moreover, before taking off again you must pass a technical inspection ...