Plane out of Raleigh struck by lightning en route to New York

Raleigh plane lightning strike

NEW YORK (AP/WNCN) — Officials say a lightning strike forced a plane from North Carolina to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

It happened around 6 p.m. Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the American Airlines flight was scheduled to land at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, about 10 miles away from JFK, after reporting the plane was struck by lightning.

The flight had taken off from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

There were 55 passengers onboard and four crew members. No one was injured.

Passengers were visibly shaken.

“[I was thinking] my last was going to be the bag of peanuts and cup of water I got on the flight but uh, it was pretty intense but I’m glad we made it safely,” said one passenger.

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