JetBlue Flight Diverted to Newark After Lightning Strike

A JetBlue flight out of Boston was first diverted to JFK, then Newark after it encountered lightning

Saturday, Jun 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:24 AM EDT
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Flight Diverted to Newark After Lightning Strike

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A JetBlue flight out of Boston was diverted to Newark Airport Friday night after the plane was struck by lightning in the air, officials said. 

Shortly after taking off at about 9 p.m, JetBlue flight 425, headed to West Palm Beach in Florida, "encountered lightning," according to an airline spokesman. The pilot made the decision to divert to a New York City airport.

The plane circled Kennedy Airport for some time before to burn some fuel before landing, officials said. It then moved on to Newark Airport, where it landed just after 11 p.m.

There were 148 passengers and 5 crew members on board the flight, airline officials said. No one was injured.

-- Andrew Siff contributed to this report. 

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