Lightning strikes airliner; no injuries, minor damage

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2001

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines flight en route to the capital city from Anchorage was struck by lightning shortly after taking off from Yakutat Monday evening.

No one was injured and damage to the aircraft was slight, officials with the Seattle-based carrier said.

Flight 66 was climbing to about 4,000 feet when the strike occurred, airline spokesman Jack Walsh said.

The flight crew smelled an electrical odor, but detected no abnormalities, he said. Nevertheless, they elected to return to Yakutat to have the plane inspected, Walsh said.

Another Alaska flight brought a mechanic into Yakutat.

The plane was allowed to continue on to Juneau with its passengers after a damage assessment was done, Walsh said.



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