‘As light­ning struck my first thought was miss­ing elec­tion’

Flash of rev­e­la­tion for politi­cian whose flight was caught in a storm

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clementine kather­ine.clementine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A WOMAN on board a flight struck by light­ning as it headed for Heathrow Air­port has de­scribed how the mo­ment a flash struck the plane her first thought was miss­ing on on a vote in the elec­tion!

Catherine Mayer, co­founder of Women’s Equal­ity Party, which has rep­re­sen­ta­tives are run­ning in the Lon­don Mayoral elec­tions for the first time, was sit­ting in the win­dow seat when the plane was ‘en­veloped in sound and light’

Video footage cap­tured Ms Mayer’s Ice­landair flight head­ing to­wards Heathrow Air­port from Reyk­javik, caught up in the light­ning strike at around 8.30pm Wed­nes­day April 28.

She said: “I was in Ice­land on a re­search trip, to fig­ure out why Ice­land so of­ten tops the world rank­ings for gen­der equal­ity.

“It had been a bliss­fully un­event­ful flight un­til that mo­ment... we dropped through the cloud cover and nor­mally at that point you’re back in clear air.

“In this case I could see a wall of thick an­gry cloud ahead of us and re­alised we were fly­ing straight into a storm which is why I took a pic­ture of it.

“Af­ter we en­tered the storm, we were sud­denly en­veloped in noise and light.

“It was very fast, very loud, very bright and un­am­bigu­ously a on light­ning strike. My first thought was “I can’t die. I’ve got to vote for the Women’s Equal­ity Party!”

Ms Mayer de­scribes how the or­deal was ‘all too fast’ to be fright­ened but she won­dered if the plane was dam­aged.

She con­tin­ued: “When we came in to land shortly af­ter­wards, every­one on board started talk­ing at once, about what had just hap­pened.

“Then the cap­tain came on the tan­noy and said “you may have no­ticed a light­ning strike” and we all started laugh­ing at the idea any­one could have failed to notice it.”

A fel­low pas­sen­ger got in touch with Ms Mayer and tweeted a pic­ture from Heathrow of her­self hold­ing up a phone with a Women’s Equal­ity Party sticker on it.

n THUN­DER­BOLTS AND LIGHT­NING: Catherine Mayer, of the Women’ Equal­ity Party, took th­ese be­fore and af­ter pic­tures as her plane flew into a storm as she re­turned from a visit to Ice­land

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