A "weeping" pilot warned passengers to prepare for a sea crash and an explosion after one of the plane's engines failed mid-air.
Terrified passengers feared they were moments away from death when they were ordered to put on their life jackets and brace themselves for an emergency water landing, reports the Daily Mail.
According to one passenger, the "weeping" pilot warned that they had six minutes before they would crash.
Luckily, the Europe Airpost plane, which was travelling from Split, Croatia to Nantes, France was able to make a safe emergency landing in Venice, Italy, reports the Mirror.
Passenger Benjamin Girard, who was travelling with his wife and kids said people "screamed" as they were told to don lifejackets.
"It began soon after take off when the pilot said we were about to fly into some turbulence," he told the newspaper.
"Then people at the back of the plane said one engine had stopped working, and this was soon confirmed by the pilot.
"He said we would have to make an emergency landing in Venice, and joked it would be a great chance to visit the city."
Passengers were not amused. Mr Girard added: "He said we would have to make a crash landing at sea and warned us there could be an explosion.
After several terrifying minutes, the twin-engine aircraft finally 'bumped down' at the seaside Venice Marco Polo Airport with no injuries, Mr Girard added.
The airline later denied claims of panic on board.
A spokesman said: "The flight from Split to Nantes experienced an incident with an engine.
"This was identified by the crew who took the decision to land in Venice and inform the passengers.
"It was a procedure practised by the crew, who landed the plane safely in Venice."
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