A Delta Air Lines flight leaving Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night was struck by lightning while flying to Seattle.
Amid a lightning storm affecting several regions of California, the plane was able to safely return to LAX and land, and no passengers or staff on board were injured, Delta spokesperson Kate Modolo told USA TODAY. Flight 2432 returned “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement. She said customers were “reaccommodated quickly” with another aircraft. The airline apologized for any inconvenience.
Airplanes are designed to withstand lightning strikes, and might not suffer any significant damage from even multiple strikes. This was the third instance this month that a jet leaving LAX was struck by lightning, Patch reports.
The airport also experienced a power outage, which was brief and affected two terminals around 10:30 p.m., NBC Los Angeles reports.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties during the storm that caused multiple lightning strikes over southern California Tuesday night.
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