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News Article - April 23, 2009

2 AIRLINERS APPROACHING PHILLY HIT BY LIGHTNING  
The Associated Press

  PHILADELPHIA - Two commercial airliners landed safely in Philadelphia after being struck by lightning. Officials say US Airways flight 1036 was struck by lightning around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Boeing 757 was arriving from the Caribbean Island of Saint Marten with 96 passengers and seven crew members on board. An Airtran flight was struck at 6:22 p.m. Details about that incident are not yet available.

   Philadelphia was being hit by rain, wind and hail at the time. Both planes were on approach to land at Philadelphia International Airport and both landed safely. There were no reports of any injuries, and the landings did not cause any delays at the airport. Federal Aviation Administration officials plan to inspect the planes on Thursday.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer



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