Pilot Flies In A Circle So That The Entire Airplane Can See The Northern Lights

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Some folks get to have all the fun and see the Earth’s version of fireworks. Recently an EasyJet flight made a quick detour that allowed passengers to see an incredible display: The Northern Lights. 

The little aside added ten minutes to the trip, but everyone on board seemed happy landing a little later than expected.

Bloomberg wrote, On Monday evening, passengers on flight U21806 from Reykjavik in Iceland to Manchester Airport were able to take pictures of the celestial spectacle after the pilot decided to perform the circular turn.

8.30pm, while the Airbus A320 was flying at an altitude of 37,000ft (11,000m) and at a little under 500mph, according to flight tracking website

A spokesperson from easyJet told the PA news agency: “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.

“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 Northern Lights have been visible all over the UK over the past week or so. 

We recently discussed how a photographer in Norway, Markus Varik, is taking some of the most beautiful pictures you may ever see. “Sometimes the world can be so beautiful it can make you cry. That’s what often happens when the nature guides from the Norwegian company Greenlander take visitors on hikes to watch the aurora borealis’s incredible displays of pink, purple, and orange.” 

They might not be professional photos, but the pictures from the airplane were something to behold. 



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