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Two SAS planes turn back after lightning strike

The Local · 27 Aug 2012, 08:04

Published: 27 Aug 2012 08:04 GMT+02:00

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One plane with 116 passengers bound for Luleå in far northern Sweden was hit around 3pm on Sunday after passing through a heavy thunderstorm, with the other, carrying 125 passengers and heading to Umeå, was hit just 15 minutes after.

Both returned to the Arlanda airport in Stockholm, and no one was reportedly injured.

“Our routines state that we have to return for an inspection of the plane,” explained Elisabeth Manzi, press officer at SAS, to the TT news agency.

“It’s there that we have the technical expertise to investigate what has happened.”

Henrik Strömberg was one of the passengers onboard the flight to Umeå, and he explained that the cabin crew was professional and informative, even though some passengers were worried.

“Everything went really fast. I looked out the window and in the middle of everything there was a flash of light. Then I heard a bang that sounded like something metallic had broken,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Most of the passengers were quite calm, but of course you get worried.”

Another flight was offered to all the passengers affected, and they reached their destinations only some two hours late.

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Your comments about this article

07:34 August 27, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Why not have the plane land in Luleå and fly the inspection team up on one of the next regularly scheduled flights?

Or does the inspection require equipment that cannot be moved up north easily or quickly enough?
09:46 August 27, 2012 by JulieLou40
Maybe they were only minutes into their journey, and Arlanda was closer than Luleå? Anyway, like the woman said, they have the equipment to inspect at Arlanda.
09:57 August 27, 2012 by procrustes
The pilot's backsides were on the planes--they made the prudent decision.
12:23 August 27, 2012 by jack sprat
Apparently on average every airliner is struck with lightning about once a year.

It's very rare for there to be any damage but just very occasionally it can be serious.

I know from experience it can be a bit of a shock when it happens,blinding flash, hell of a bang and a momentary loss of power and lights.
09:31 September 1, 2012 by ann2
No comments on the crazy weather here?
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