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Southwest Airline passengers aboard the flight 3461 had the fright of their lives while the pilot struggled to land the plane is stormy weather.

The terrifying incident took place on Saturday night as the scheduled flight took off from Fort Lauderdale heading to New Orleans.

Passengers on board were screaming, vomiting, crying and sending farewells to loved ones as they believed the worst was happening.

The plane was forced to make an emergency re-fuel land in Panama City after the weather conditions worsened.

The area around New Orleans was on tornado watch amidst heavy rainfall and 70 miles per hour winds.

According to WWL-TV, the plane started to sway from side to side as the aircraft approached the airport.

One passenger, Marie Wary said: “It felt like I was about to lift off. I felt like I was done.

“We came through the clouds and the plane was just tilting back and forth. It was going all over the place. People were screaming, people were crying,” another passenger revealed.

Wary went so far as to add: “I felt like I was about to see baby Jesus and Papa God.”

According to the Daily Mail, Lauren Bale who works for WWL-TV was on board the flight gave her account.

Bale said: “We came through the clouds and the plane was just tilting back and forth.

“It was going all over the place. People were screaming, people were crying.

“The flight attendants were yelling over the speakers to fasten seat belts as tightly as possible and I was texting my family goodbye.

“I just don’t understand why [the airline] put everyone in that situation.”

The pilot guided the plane out of the storm and landed for a re-fuel in Florida.

Commenting on the pilots landing, Wary said: “The pilot was amazing,’ said Wary.

“He was very calm. He reassured us that he got this.”

After its re-fuel stop, the plane set off again heading toward New Orleans and landed at its destination for hours behind schedule.

Passengers have since questioned why Southwest did not cancel the flight over the severe conditions.

The airline realised a statement to say that “our top focus is safety.”

“Flight 3461 from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans arrived about four hours behind schedule after persistent thunderstorms over New Orleans forced prolonged holding near New Orleans awaiting clearance from air traffic controllers followed by a refuelling stop in Panama City before the completion of the journey.

“The safety of our customers and employees as well the safe operation of every flight is our highest priority.”

Footage last month went viral after Southwest forecd a father and young daughter off their flight.

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