Plane hit by lightning

An Easyjet passenger plane flying from Bristol to Edinburgh was hit by lightning when it diverted to Newcastle because of high winds in Scotland

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Statement from EasyJet over lightning strike

EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY423 from Bristol to Edinburgh diverted to Newcastle due to high winds in Edinburgh this morning. The flight was hit by lightning on approach to Newcastle Airport. The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and at no point was the safety of the flight compromised.

EasyJet would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

The Airbus A319 was carrying 134 passengers and six crew. The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.

– EasyJet spokesperson

Passenger jet hit by lightning on flight to Scotland

An EasyJet plane on the tarmac at Bristol Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

A plane flying from Bristol to Edinburgh was hit by lightning this morning.

The Easyjet flight, carrying 140 passengers and crew, was hit after the plane was diverted to Newcastle because of high winds. The company says the aircraft is built to withstand lightning.

The passengers continued their journey by coach.

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