Top model Camila Alves McConaughey’s plane struck by lightning and falls 4,000ft

A top model has given an insider’s perspective on the horror moment a Lufthansa Airlines flight from Austin, Texas, US, to Frankfurt in Germany was struck by lightning.

Camila Alves McConaughey, wife of Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey, posted details of the shocking incident to her Instagram page.

The Brazilian-born model, writing in English and Portuguese, uploaded a video showing passengers’ belongings and pieces of broken glass littering the floor of the plane.

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The lightning struck while the airliner was cruising at 37,000 feet, just a few hours into a scheduled 10-hour flight, causing "extreme" turbulence and a dramatic loss of altitude.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority later confirmed the aircraft landed “safely” in Washington, DC, and that the seven injured passengers were taken to local hospitals.

“On [our] flight last night,” Camila wrote. “I was told the plane dropped almost 4,000 feet.

“Seven people went to the hospital, Everything was flying everywhere. To respect the privacy of those around me that’s all I am showing but the plane was CHAOS and the turbulence [kept] on coming.”

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Camila, 40, added “Thank God everyone was safe and OK” and thanked the staff at the hotel where passengers were put up overnight, noting “we made it to the bar with 1 minute before closing!”

A spokesman said: “Lufthansa Flight 469 diverted to Dulles International Airport and landed without incident around 9.10pm local time after the crew reported encountering severe turbulence at 37,000 feet altitude over Tennessee.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation.

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Camila also shared a news report of the terrifying incident to her Instagram story.

Camila’s trials weren’t quite over though. As she boarded her replacement flight to Germany, the model and business owner told her million-plus Instagram following: “Just my luck, after last night…

"Just got on the rescheduled flight and the pilot's saying we have 45 minutes of turbulence, getting out of Washington.

"Just my luck. Wish me luck!"


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