JetBlue Flight # 324 for John F. Kennedy International Airport was forced to return and return to the LAX after its crew reported that the plane had been struck by lightning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.
A LAX spokesman told CBS2 that the plane – with 153 people on board and 36,000 pounds of fuel – had safely landed after 11 o'clock. There was no sign of injury. According to FlightAware, the plane had started at ten-ten and was only about 55 minutes in the air.
"No, it's going to be an overweight landing, pretty much, we do not know if we have any damage here", the pilot radiated the audio data received from CBS2 for air traffic control. "That's our reason to go back."
"Hopefully the flash will not strike twice," he added.
JetBlue confirmed the incident in his own statement.
"The screws inspect the aircraft and determine whether it is allowed to continue to New York or whether the customers are accommodated in another aircraft," wrote JetBlue.
The aircraft was still parked at 1
Several passengers meanwhile took part in social media to describe the event.
"No kidding, our plane from LAX to JFK was hit by lightning (sic)," wrote Victoria Rickson on Twitter. "Turn around and return to LA for an emergency landing."
»Our plane was struck by lightning, everyone was startled and I slept through what», [LeannaAsheton wrote .
This turns into a damn @ JetBlue flight " wrote Twitter user Jake McGraw . "At first, I was downgraded to stagnation by Mint. Then our plane was struck by lightning at take-off and we drive back to LAX. At least WiFi still works. "