Prince William calms down passengers after RAF plane meets turbulence

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LAHORE: Britain’s Prince William said he and his wife Kate were fine after a Royal Air Force plane carrying the royal couple had to abort its landing in Islamabad twice on Thursday and returned to Lahore after meeting in a severe thunderstorm on the route.

The RAF Voyager plane carrying the royals, who are on a four-day official visit to Pakistan, tried to land twice, at Rawalpindi airbase and Islamabad international, before it decided to return to Lahore.

William, who has previously worked as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, told reporters after they landed that he and Kate were fine, joking that the problems had been caused because he was flying the plane.

Prince William also joked that he and the aircrew could all go out for a night out in Lahore together.

A Reuters photographer, who was on board, said there had been no issues before the plane took off but the flight, which was due to take just 26 minutes, became very turbulent as they attempted to land. The journey eventually took more than two hours.

Originally appeared on Reuters