The tourist plane crashed hundreds of feet in the storm.
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Lucky the pilot was able to control the plane as it approached the Black Sea resort area of Sochi and made an emergency landing so that everyone on board was safe.
The plane originally left Ekanterinberg that same day, but was forced to cancel its flight plans and make an emergency landing at Krasnodar, about 180 miles north of Sochi.
An unnamed passenger said people on board said goodbye to life as the plane fell freely from the sky.
“Bottles and other small items were strewn all over the cabin,” he said.
“Then lightning struck us. There were loud explosions and bright flashes. “
Another passenger, Yekaterina S, still managed to take a selfie while crying when the horrific incident occurred.