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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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11 Year Old Hit By Lightning

A schoolboy is in hospital after being struck by lightning.

The 11-year-old, who is believed to be a pupil at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon received medical attention from staff and the Great Western Ambulance Service after going into cardiac arrest.

We received a call at 3.10pm today reporting that a young lad, believed to be an 11-year-old pupil at the Dorcan Academy in St Paul's Drive, Swindon had been struck by lightning.

We had a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle on scene at 3.16pm and an ambulance crew a couple of minutes later.

In the meantime, while we were on route, we understand the better trained first aiders from the school were providing CPR because the patient had in affect been electrocuted and gone into cardiac arrest.

Our paramedics took over treatment when they arrived on scene. They got a heart beat and him breathing for himself again on scene.

We took him straight to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and he arrived there at 3.34pm.

In terms of our response he was in hospital conscious and breathing again within 24 minutes.

He is in a potentially life-threatening condition.

The quick response from school staff and paramedics gave him the best chance of survival.

– John Oliver, Great Western Ambulance Service