Flight struck by lightning

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An easyJet flight to the island with 150 passengers on board was struck by lightning.

No emergency was declared and the flight from Gatwick landed safely at just after 5.30pm yesterday (Monday).

However, the aircraft was grounded pending an inspection and a new plane had to be flown in which meant the return flight to Gatwick was delayed by four hours, not taking off until 10.15pm.

In a statement, the airline said: ‘easyJet can confirm that flight EZY885 from London Gatwick was hit by lightning yesterday en route to the Isle of Man airport. The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and at no point was the safety of the flight compromised landing normally into the Isle of Man.

‘The safety and wellbeing of easyJet’s passengers and crew is always our highest priority. A replacement aircraft was arranged to allow for all of the necessary safety checks to take place on the original aircraft. Unfortunately this resulted in a four-hour delay to the 18.05pm departure to London Gatwick and we would like to apologise to the customers for any inconvenience caused by this.’

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