VIDEO: Leinster team terrified by mid-flight turbulence

VIDEO: Leinster team terrified by mid-flight turbulence

The Leinster team had a lucky escape last night, when the plane bringing them to Cardiff for today’s PRO12 match made two failed attempts to land in high winds before diverting to Bristol.

The team were in high spirits when they boarded the plane; Dave Kearney took this picture before take-off.

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Tight squeeze! Cardiff bound... @jimmygopperth @robkearney @ben.teo @noel.reid

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But the smiles faded very fast when the plane hit turbulence in mid-air.

Typically, Ireland international Dave Kearney appears to have nerves of steel. He stayed calm enough to whip out his phone - recording the panic and fear of his fellow players.

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@dave.kearney thought he was funny taking videos while we were trying to land for a second time. I didn't find it very funny! 😧

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The pilot made two aborted attempts to land the chartered Cityjet plane in Cardiff as planned, but without success. Eventually the decision was made to re-route the flight and land in nearby Bristol.

Seems like it was a genuinely scary experience; Ben Te’o posted this message when they eventually got to a hotel for the night.

"Fairly relieved to be safe and hanging with my roomy @noel.reid.

After two failed landings in Cardiff because of high winds we ended up landing in Bristol. It was a near death experience. I had crazy thoughts going through my mind in the turbulence.

Like disappointment of never fathering a child, not being able to say goodbye to my loved ones, and also who would play me in the movie about the crash?

Thank you God. I don't want to go on a plane ever again, I might get the ferry back to Dublin."

VIDEO: Leinster team terrified by mid-flight turbulence

And if the big, tough professional rugby players were scared, then spare a thought for the Clontarf U13 side - who were also on the flight.

Very glad you all got there safely lads, best of luck to both teams today.

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