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SW flight struck by lightning returns to Oakland

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

(06-03) 14:48 PDT Oakland, Calif. (AP) --

A Southwest Airlines plane returned safely to Oakland International Airport after it was struck by lighting shortly after takeoff.

Airline spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said the 53 passengers aboard Flight 2197 to Burbank were booked on the next flight.

McInnis said the pilot turned the plane around after the 6:30 a.m. incident Wednesday because the airline has a maintenance hub in Oakland. The plane passed its safety inspection and was expected to return to service later Wednesday.

McInnis said lightning strikes aren't unusual and planes are built to withstand such a jolt.

An Air France jet on its way to Paris disappeared after flying into an extremely dangerous band of storms Sunday. What exactly caused its electrical systems and cabin pressure to fail remains a mystery.
I wonder how long until they figure out about the birds that hunt airplanes by firing lightning bolts at them.