On late Thursday, the plane carrying Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate was forced by a severe storm in Islamabad which caused to abandon two landings before returning to Lahore, confirmed reporters traveling with them.
The royal couple was in their five-day tour of Pakistan, and the Voyager, a British Royal Air Force jet taking the couple when it caught in one of the thunderous storms that periodically rock the capital in October.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English was also on board the plane who later tweeted, “The pilot circled for an hour but the lightening – and turbulence – was so bad we had to fly back.”
“Few of us have experienced turbulence as bad as that,” she added.
“If I’m honest … that was the most nervous I’ve ever felt in a plane,” added ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship.
Ben Farmer, the correspondent of the Daily Telegraph said that the pilot had tried to land twice once at a military base in the garrison city of Rawalpindi adjacent to Islamabad, and once at Islamabad International before abandoning the attempt and returning to Lahore, some 270 kilometers (170 miles) flying distance away.
English said that all on board appeared to be safe and tweeted that Prince William himself a pilot had joked with the press pack that he had been flying. However, it was not clear that they would be able to take off again. Kensington Palace made no immediate statement.
Before the incident, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day exploring Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore. On the fourth day of their visit, they took a visit to the SOS Children’s Village orphanage, where Kate gave a brief speech along with a short greeting in Urdu and celebrated children’s birthdays.
Kate said, “Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we’ve seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined.”
The royal couple later went at the National Cricket Academy, where they both hit a few runs as they played alongside a host of current and former cricket stars, along with present bowling coach Waqar Younis.
The couple then changing the outfit headed towards Lahore’s famous Badshahi Mosque — one of the world’s largest. They finished their trip by visiting the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, founded by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to Kensington Palace, their five-day trip is the “most complex” tour so far as the royal seeks to improve ties between Britain and the second-largest country in the Commonwealth.
They have spent much of the trip promoting various causes, from girls’ education to conversation and climate change awareness as they crisscrossed the country.