Friday, April 13, 2018

Delta Air Lines, Embraer 170/175: Incident occurred April 12, 2018 near Buffalo Niagara International Airport (KBUF), Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York

ROMULUS, Mich. - A Delta flight on its way to Detroit Metro Airport was forced to turn back to Buffalo after the plane was struck by lightning Thursday.

Planes are designed to withstand lightning, but the jolt still shook up the 60 passengers aboard flight 5879.

"I closed my eyes and I saw this big flash and big pop at the same time, a big flash even with my eyes closed," passenger Matt Gould said. "[I] open my eyes, everyone was looking around. We kind of had a feeling we were hit by lighting. We weren't sure."

The pilots knew right away what happened and they radioed air traffic control about what happened.

"We just had a severe lightning strike hit the nose," a pilot said over the radio. "We're going to have to return to Buffalo for now."

Gould, an avid traveler, said fear came over him for a moment when the crew jumped into action and turned the flight around, but he said he was OK with the delay for safety's sake. 

Original article can be found here ➤

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY — A plane that was reportedly struck by lightning has landed at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Thursday, according to NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous.

There were 60 passengers on board. They were not in any imminent danger, according to Tederous.

The Delta Jet (flight No. 5879) was heading to Detroit from Buffalo. It was struck by lighting just before 4 p.m. afternoon, about approximately 12 miles west of Buffalo.

The plane rerouted back to Buffalo.

No injuries were reported.

Original article can be found here ➤

A flight carrying 60 passengers and crew was forced to return to Buffalo Niagara International Airport after it was struck by lightning Thursday afternoon, airport officials reported.

No one was reported injured and the plane landed safely, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the airport.

Delta Flight No. 5879 to Detroit was about 12 miles west of Buffalo when lightning struck the plane just before 4 p.m. The plane diverted back to Buffalo and landed here at about 4:10 p.m.

Delta is working with passengers to rebook flights.

Original article can be found here ➤

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