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Lightning Strikes Small Plane, Forces Emergency Landing At YVR

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A plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday night at Vancouver International Airport after it was struck by lightning.

The Pacific Coastal aircraft was headed from Comox to Vancouver when it was hit by lightning. It was around 7.30 pm in the evening and approximately 20 minutes away from the airport when it was struck.

Passengers Safe After Lightning Strikes Plane

Thankfully, the aircraft made an emergency landing and none of the 27 passengers or 3 crew members were harmed in the accident.

The Salmon Arm Observer spoke to Kevin Boothroyd, a spokesperson from Pacific Coastal Airlines who stated that  “all aircrafts are designed with engineering to mitigate strikes from lightning and they do happen,” he said. “In this case the plane took a pretty good hit, but it operated as it should.”

They noted that although the occurrence is extremely rare, lightning does strike planes every now and then.

Vancouver International Airport has recently instated a pet therapy program for nervous travellers.

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