If you thought Wednesday evening's storm was scary from the ground, just imagine the the horror people in the air were going through. Passengers on board planes travelling from Reykjavik, Edinburgh and Prague were reportedly caught up in the storm and happened to be mid-air as lightning struck.
Observers on the ground captured terrifying images of lightning bolts appearing to collide with planes.
A plane is stuck by lightning flying into Heathrow yesterday evening ?? pic.twitter.com/PXIZli5k9H
-- marjorie narey (@marjieN) April 28, 2016
Just popped out on High Street Kensington to see a plane on approach to Heathrow (Finnair AY3125 from Helsinki) being hit by lightning.
-- Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) April 27, 2016
Lightning hitting plane on approach to Heathrow, London pic.twitter.com/Q9dkEl0Ign
-- David (@dwestldn) April 27, 2016
This video, taken as a flight soared above West London at 8:10 pm, shows the lightning strike in dramatic detail.
Passengers were quick to take to Twitter and share their mid-air nightmare.
Plane just got hit by lightning on the descent into Heathrow. Didn't die #winning ???
-- liz dobson (@liz_dobson) April 27, 2016
My plane got struck by lightning. I screamed small small.
-- #ThePoint (@Afo_B) April 27, 2016
Plane got struck by lightning on the way into Heathrow. Good to be back in London.
-- Alaxen (@Alaxen) April 27, 2016
British Airways flight BA857 from Prague was caught up in the commotion.
The airline told the Press Association: "The flight landed safely, and will undergo inspection before it returns to service. The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. Lightning strikes are fairly common, and aircraft are designed to cope with them."