Thursday, March 17, 2016

Embraer ERJ-175LR , N415YX. Republic Airways / American Eagle: Incident occurred March 17, 2016 near LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), New York


Flight from RDU struck by lightning, makes emergency landing at JFK Airport 

NEW YORK -- American Airlines Flight 4233 from Raleigh-Durham to LaGuardia was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after the plane hit turbulence and was struck by lightning.

The pilot reported a lightning strike at 6:06 p.m. and was diverted to Kennedy, where there are longer runways. The plane landed there safely.

Some passengers on board described a terrifying experience. One told us there was a flash of light and what sounded like a big explosion.

The FAA is investigating.

Nobody was injured.

The plane was being operated by Republic Airlines.

The FAA released a statement saying: "Republic Airlines 4233, an Embraer E170, landed safely at John F Kennedy International Airport at 6:06 pm tonight after reporting a lightning strike. The flight departed Raleigh-Durham International Airport enroute to LaGuardia Airport. The FAA will investigate."

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