Pilot Gives Passengers the View of a Lifetime

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(FeaturedNews.com) – A pilot made a 360 fly-by mid-flight in a passenger plane allowing passengers on board to view the aurora borealis, more commonly referred to as the northern lights on the trip. Pictures of flight EZ1806 from Reykjavik in Iceland to Manchester in England made it online after being shared on Twitter by Adam Groves.

Groves was on the flight with his now- fiancée following a trip to the Icelandic capital. Since their posting, the photos have been viewed more than 391,000 times.

The auroras are a natural light phenomenon where shimmering lights can be viewed in the sky in some of the planet’s high-latitude regions close to the magnetic poles. The northern lights are usually visible in Scandinavia and Alaska.

Auroras, scientifically referred to as aurora borealis, are called northern lights when in the north pole. The same phenomenon in the southern hemisphere is scientifically known as aurora australis.

Groves told Newsweek that seeing the lights was “an incredible ending to a special trip” which he had used to propose to his then-girlfriend, now-fiancée.

Auroras, also known as polar lights, have been seen slightly further south than usual for the last few nights, with residents of southern England reporting sightings.

On February 26, the U.K.’s Met Office wrote in a Twitter post that “A coronal hole high-speed stream arrived this evening combined with a rather fast coronal mass ejection leading to aurora sightings across the UK.”

A spokesperson for EasyJet, who operated the plane, praised the pilot for the maneuver that allowed the passengers to view the lights.


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