Lightning strike grounds Fla.-bound plane in Ala.


Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An airport official says a U.S. Airways flight was struck by lightning on its way to Florida, forcing the plane and its passengers to divert to Alabama.

Montgomery Regional Airport spokeswoman Lynn Cox said Saturday that the flight was grounded after 9:30 p.m. Friday in Montgomery, where the passengers had been given overnight accommodations.

Cox says a replacement plane had not arrived Saturday. She says some passengers arranged rental cars to continue on to Pensacola.

Cox says she was not aware of any injuries.

Cox did not know how many passengers were on board or where the flight originated.

A U.S. Airways spokeswoman said the airline was looking into the incident and had no immediate comment.

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