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There were a few hairy moments on Leinster's redirected flight to Bristol last night

After two failed landings as result of the bad weather, Ben Te’o and a number of players were left a little shaken.

AHEAD OF THIS afternoon’s PRO12 game away to Cardiff Blues, the Leinster squad made what should have been a routine trip from Dublin to the Welsh capital last night.

Joining them on their Cityjet flight were the Clontarf U12s and U13s, who secured a number of autographs and selfies with the players in the airport.

It was all smiles before take-off, but the mood quickly changed when high winds and bad weather caused some turbulence along the way.

Dave Kearney filmed the reaction to news that the a second attempt to land had failed and Ben Te’o later posted it on Instagram.

Source: ben.teo/Instagram

Eventually, the plane was redirected to nearby Bristol and touched down just before 8pm.

From the comfort of his hotel room, Te’o later joked about thoughts that had gone through his head during the “near death experience”.

He talked of never getting the chance to become a father and considered who would play him in a film.

He wrote:

Fairly relieved to be safe and hanging with my roomy @noel.reid. After two failed landings in Cardiff because of high winds we ended up landing in Bristol. It was a near death experience. I had crazy thoughts going through my mind in the turbulence. Like disappointment of never fathering a child, not being able to say goodbye to my loved ones, and also who would play me in the movie about the crash? Thank you God! I don’t want to go on a plane ever again, I might get the boat back to Dublin.”

Ben Te'o Source: Instagram

(h/t: SportsJoe)

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