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Plane Diverted to Newark After Lightning Strike

JetBlue Airways Corp. says a Florida-bound plane was diverted to Newark International Airport in New Jersey after being struck by lightning.

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JetBlue spokesman Sebastian White says Friday the pilot of the Airbus a320 diverted the plane “out of an abundance of caution.” White says the plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

The flight, which was carrying 148 passengers, took off from Boston on Friday night and was headed to Palm Beach when it “encountered lightening while airborne.”

White says all the passengers were connected to a new flight to Florida that departs just after midnight.

The weather in the Northeast has been stormy all evening Friday, with heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Andrea.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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