Moment a British Airways passenger spots a FIGHTER JET flying next to her window

  • Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband from Dubai to London 
  • The British Airways flight BA108 was escorted by Hungarian fight jets
  • It had failed to contact Hungarian air controllers according to protocol 

This is the terrifying moment that a passenger travelling from Dubai to London spotted a fighter jet next to her window.

Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband on the British Airways flight BA108 on Saturday when the plane temporarily lost communications with air traffic control as it entered Hungarian air space causing two Hungarian Air Force Gripens to be scrambled.

She told MailOnline Travel that she thought the plane was 'ready to shoot us down'.

Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband from Dubai to London when she spotted the fighter jet

Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband from Dubai to London when she spotted the fighter jet

The jet had mostly been blocked by the wing of the plane but at one point it ducked underneath the plane

The jet had mostly been blocked by the wing of the plane but at one point it ducked underneath the plane

Mrs Fawaz, who works in the travel industry, was on her way home from an industry exhibition.

She told MailOnline Travel: 'I really enjoy looking out of the window at the views. Especially the mountains when we fly over Iran'.

The frequent flier, who was sitting in row 37, part of the British Airways World Traveller class, had already had her phone out and was taking photos.

She said: 'I was just looking out and my husband said "look at that plane".

'It's difficult to describe the feeling. You immediately imagine something's wrong in the plane and you're not aware of it or something's wrong on the ground.'

She added: 'My mouth went dry and I went hot and hold. It was terrifying. 

Mrs Fawaz's husband was the first to spot the jet from the window and when she saw it too, she was terrified 

Mrs Fawaz's husband was the first to spot the jet from the window and when she saw it too, she was terrified 

Hungary is part of the British Airways flight's regular route from Dubai to London but the plane had temporarily lost communication with the air controllers

Hungary is part of the British Airways flight's regular route from Dubai to London but the plane had temporarily lost communication with the air controllers

'I thought it was ready to shoot us down. Usually you hear that when two fighter jets are scrambled, one is flying to the front of the plane to check that it's okay and the second one is flying behind ready to shoot it down.' 

Mrs Fawaz contacted a member of the cabin crew and she was told that it 'happens sometimes when we lose contact' and 'not to worry'. 

No announcements had been made on the flight, which Mrs Fawaz thought was good as it would have just caused panic.

Mrs Fawaz later uploaded the footage she shot with her iPhone 6S to Youtube

In the footage, which lasted less than a minute, one of the fighter jets could be seen flying alongside the plane.

It was so close in fact, it's possible to make out the pilot sitting in the cockpit.

The fighter jets were seen for just a few minutes according to Mrs Fawaz, and most of the time her view had been blocked by the wing of the plane.

In the footage, which lasted less than a minute, one of the fighter jets could be seen flying alongside the plane

In the footage, which lasted less than a minute, one of the fighter jets could be seen flying alongside the plane

Mrs Fawaz explained that it was a very sunny day so most of the passengers had their blinds down so not many people spotted the jets.

However, the man behind her had also shot a video and the passenger in front commented that he thought the jets were French. 

According to air safety protocols, pilots must make contact with air traffic controllers on the ground when passing from one country's airspace to another.

Hungary was part of the flight's usual route from Dubai to London.

When the BA plane failed to contact air control in Hungary, Hungarian authorities reportedly issued their highest alert and the pair of fighter jets were sent to identify the aircraft and ensure it was making safe progress.

The Boeing 777 landed at London Heathrow at 2.19pm later that day without incident. 

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