Delta flight headed to Atlanta struck by lightning, forced to land in Chattanooga

A Delta flight on its way to Atlanta was struck by lightning and forced to make an emergency landing in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The flight took off from Milwaukee and landed safely at the Chattanooga Airport around 4 p.m., an airport official told Channel 2 Action News. None of the 164 people aboard the plane was hurt during the incident.

Channel 2 reported the plane will be inspected to determine where exactly the lightning hit and what damage was caused.

 

The FAA posted a statement on Twitter that said:

“Delta Air Lines flight 2050, an MD-90, landed safely at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport at 3:38 p.m. EST after the pilot reported a possible lightning strike and declared an emergency. The flight departed George Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and was headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when it diverted. Contact the airline for passenger information. The FAA will investigate.”

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