Saturday, September 02, 2017

Boeing 737-800, American Airlines, Flight AA-134, N829NN: Incident occurred September 01, 2017 at Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida

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MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - After departing from Miami International Airport Friday night, lightning struck an American Airlines plane during a flight to Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

The Boeing 737-800 departed from MIA at 8:24 p.m. Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said the AA Flight 134 landed safely back at MIA at 9:35 p.m.

MIA spokesman Marc Henderson said none of the passengers were injured during the frightening experience. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was prepared for a hazardous situation, but Henderson said they were only there as a precaution. 

American Airlines later released a statement saying the passengers were set to be on their way to Seattle Tacoma International Airport in another aircraft. The FAA grounded several other flights at MIA due to severe weather reports. 

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - A passenger jet landed safely at Miami International Airport after, officials said, it was struck by lightning, Friday night.

American Airlines Flight 134 was on its way to Seattle when, officials said, it was forced to return to MIA.

One passenger who spoke to 7News from the American Airlines terminal at MIA described the tense moments. “Fifteen, 20 minutes after takeoff, we got hit by lightning, and the plane turned around,” he said. “The pilot said we were going to turn around and going back because we got hit by lightning, and they wanted to make sure everything was OK. We got back. The guy did a wonderful job landing that plane, and it was a little scary of a landing. I’ve been on a lot of landings, but that one was pretty tough.”

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the aircraft landed safely, and no one was hurt.

Cellphone video taken by 7News reporter Andrew Scheinthal from inside another plane shows rescue crews on the tarmac, along with flashes of lightning and some heavy rain. Another clip shows an ambulance driving across the tarmac.

First responders were on the scene as a safety precaution.

The passenger who spoke to 7News praised the pilot for handling the situation expertly. “We got back. That guy did a wonderful job landing that plane, and it was a little scary of a landing,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of landings, and that one was pretty tough.”

The ordeal, however, was frightening enough for this passenger to choose not to fly out Friday night.

A spokesperson for American Airlines sent a statement that reads in part, “The flight landed safely and is currently being replaced by another aircraft. We will get our passengers on their way as soon as possible.”

Passengers were given the option of catching another flight early Saturday morning, but some decided not to fly until the bad weather had passed.

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