Plane Returns To Metro After Lightning Strike

DETROIT (WWJ) – An airplane bound for Detroit from Atlanta was hit by lightning shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport as storms rumbled through the state.

AirTran Airways spokesman Christopher White says the plane was hit soon after it took off around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. He said there was a brief, minor issue with one of the two engines, and the captain decided to return to the gate as a precaution.

A new plane was brought in, and the 94 passengers on board continued to the Motor City.

White says it’s not unusual for planes to be struck by lightning and that they’re built to withstand it.

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