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Ryanair flight makes cautionary Scotland stop after lightning strike

July 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 26 (UPI) -- A Ryanair flight to Spain from Edinburgh was forced to land at the Glasgow airport after it was hit by lightning, airline officials say.

The plane took off from the Scottish capital in a storm and was struck shortly after departure for Alicante, ThinkSpain reported Thursday.

The flight was cleared to resume after a brief inspection by engineers, the airline said.

Planes are frequently hit by lightning, experts say, but it is rare a flight has to be suspended or canceled. The decision to land in Glasgow was a precaution to ensure the plane had not been damaged.

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