Planes were heading to northern Sweden when lightning hit
Two aircraft operated by SAS that had just taken off from Stockholm Arlanda yesterday were forced to return to the airport after being hit by lightning. Both planes were heading to northern Sweden on Sunday afternoon. One plane with 116 passengers on board was heading for Luleå when it was hit at around 15:00 as it passed through a heavy storm. The other with 125 passengers was heading to Umeå, but it was hit at around 15:15.
Both returned safely and no one was injured. SAS was able to offer another flight and the passengers reached their destinations only two or three hours late.
“Our routines state that we have to return for an inspection of the plane,” Elisabeth Manzi, press officer at SAS, told the news agency TT.
[Photo: Swedavia/Tommy Säfström]