Florida Plane Headed for Atlantic City Hit by Lightning, Diverts Landing
A Spirit Airlines flight was struck by lightning while headed to Atlantic City International Airport on Tuesday.
No passengers were injured and an emergency was never declared, according to Spirit Airlines.
Flight 262 took off from Tampa and while in the air was struck by lightning and "out of an abundance of caution the pilot decided to divert the plane" to Ft. Lauderdale, according to Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry.
"The plane never had any issues any issues with its flight," he said. "Airplanes today are designed to withstand lightning strikes, and its pretty much a common occurrence."
According to ABC News, people are 560 times more likely to be struck by lightning while in an aircraft and most commercial planes are hit at least once a year.
The passengers were transferred to a different plane, which left for Atlantic City later Tuesday night.