Plane struck by lightning lands safely
AN AER Lingus plane made a safe landing in the UK after being struck by lightning.
The Airbus aircraft -- which was en route from Cork to Manchester -- was struck by the lightning bolt just 15 minutes before it was due to land.
The plane was immediately taken out of service after it landed safely so that technicians could conduct full systems checks.
Passengers reported seeing lightning flashes in the sky before the incident occurred.
"It was a fairly scary experience -- everyone in the plane went silent. You could see the lightning outside and then we felt a thud," one passenger, who asked to be unnamed, said.
The man admitted passengers visibly relaxed when the plane landed safely at Manchester Airport last Friday evening.
Aviation officials stressed lightning strikes on aircraft are not unusual -- but are taken very seriously by technicians.