Noel Gallagher was left terrified on an airport runway earlier this month (Jun12) as a pilot prepared to take off in the middle of a raging storm.
The former Oasis star is adamant he is not a nervous flyer but confesses he suffered a severe bout of anxiety prior to a flight from Moscow to Kiev, Ukraine when torrential rain hit the plane.
Gallagher, who is on tour with his band High Flying Birds, was praying for the pilot to abort take-off - and breathed a sigh of relief when the captain ordered the flight crew to stand down until the bad weather passed.
In a post on his official website, Gallagher writes, "Flight was delayed a little bit and thank God it was. The most violent, loudest and windiest storm passed over the airport as we sat on the tarmac.
"The plane was being blown from side to side, rain POURING out of the sky.
"I usually love that kind of display from Mother Nature but when the pilot comes on over the tannoy and says in what can only be described as a comedy dead-pan Russian accent 'Good morning. Welcome to Aeroflot AF 83 (or something!) to Kiev. Time will take 1 hour 25 minutes. Enjoy flight.'
"Whoa!!! Hang on a minute man you're not actually gonna take off in this weather are you!? "The engines started... (we are all going to die!).
"Now I'm not a nervous flier by any means, but I was seriously hoping the pilot would see sense and hang back a little until the storm passed.
"There was an audible sigh of relief when he comes back on and says 'There will be delay of 20 minutes. Storm will pass.' Thank the holy lord Jesus Christ almighty we were saved!!!!!!"