Guernsey

Flybe plane heading to Guernsey struck by lightning

Flybe Q400 plane that was struck by lightning
Image caption Some damage to the nose cone of the plane can be seen following the lightning strike

A plane has been grounded for inspection after it was struck by lightning on approach to Guernsey airport.

Flybe confirmed lightning struck flight BE952 en route from Jersey.

A spokesperson for the airline said: "There was no immediate loss of altitude [and] the aircraft...landed safely without incident."

Some damage was visible on the nose cone of the Bombardier Q400 plane following the incident on Sunday.

The spokesman added: "Strikes are not unusual, but aviation authorities demand a rigorous inspection after every incident."

They said: "Once weather conditions on the island allow and the aircraft is cleared of snow, it will be fully inspected by Flybe engineers."

Flybe said: "The aircraft will return to service once any necessary work has been completed and all relevant regulatory approvals received."

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