Lightning Strikes Two Jet Blue Planes

Posted Feb 19th 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Feb 19th 2011 10:05 AM

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Two Jet Blue planes flying into Boston during a fierce storm last night were struck by lightning, with one reporting the smell of smoke in the cockpit.

Flight 442, an Airbus A320 en route from Tampa to Boston with 82 people aboard was struck when it was approaching Logan International Airport, but landed safely at 9:21 p.m., reports the Boston Globe.

"It was starting to land I guess, and we heard one pop from outside and saw a really big flash of light. I mean, it looked like lightning, but we weren't sure what it is, if it was something in the plane or something coming from outside the plane," Amy Rubin, a passenger, told CBS News.

"There's always the possibility that an aircraft could be at risk coming in on an alert,'' Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa Langone said, sources report. Emergency vehicles were waiting on the runway for the plane.

Flight 1328 from Baltimore, Md., with 90 people aboard, was also struck by lightning, but landed without incident at 9:47 p.m.

No injuries were reported on either plane.

Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, said the storm was a result that came about due to a "combination of almost record-breaking warmth'' ahead of a strong cold front, reports the Boston Globe.

Lightning strikes were reported in Boston and across the state yesterday evening, with some areas reporting hail and gusts of wind recorded at 50 miles per hour.
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