Plane Struck by Lightning But Lands Safely at LaGuardia

By Bryan Graham on May 8, 2013 5:32pm 

 An American Airlines plane at LaGuardia Airport.
An American Airlines plane at LaGuardia Airport.
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NEW YORK — An American Eagle flight from Detroit landed safely at LaGuardia Airport after being struck by lightning Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the airline said.

Flight 4563 was struck twice by lightning on approach to the New York area, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

Miller says the captain declared an emergency as a precaution. The Embraer 135 regional jet with 20 passengers and three crewmembers landed safely at 10:41 a.m.

A maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft, the spokesman said.

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