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Spirit Airlines flight makes emergency landing after ‘double lightning strikes’

Spirit Airlines flight makes emergency landing after ‘double lightning strikes’ . . . https://jetlinemarvel.net/spirit-airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing-after-double-lightning-strikes/

On Friday morning (local time), shortly after taking off from Philadelphia, a Spirit Airlines flight heading for Cancun made an emergency landing and turned back. The crew later stated that the plane had been struck by lightning twice.

The Airbus A321, which was on its route to Cancun, returned to Philadelphia International Airport “out of an abundance of caution after the crew reported a probable lightning strike,” according to Spirit.

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Spirit said in a statement to CNN that “the aircraft landed safely” and that “we are actively working to re-accommodate our guests.” No information was provided by the airline regarding the number of passengers. The emergency landing is under FAA investigation.

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The conversation between the pilots and Philadelphia air traffic controllers was recorded by LiveATC air traffic control. The crew reported that they had experienced two lightning strikes and that they would need to return to the airfield.

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According to data from FlightAware, the incident is the most recent effect of a storm that resulted in more than 4,000 airline cancellations nationwide on Friday.

Planes are constructed with conducting routes to keep lightning strikes on the aircraft’s exterior. In fact, they frequently cause lightning strikes while flying through “ambient electric fields” during thunderstorms. When lightning strikes a plane, passengers frequently hear a loud roar and see a flash.

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