Report: Plane struck by lightning near Sitka

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010

JUNEAU - A flight crew had a hair-raising cargo flight from Juneau to Sitka on Oct. 18 when lightning struck the plane.

A report posted Saturday by the National Transportation Safety Board says the lightning damaged the plane but no one aboard was seriously hurt.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that the plane was hit as it approached the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport.

The NTSB says the flash blinded the captain of the Alaska Central Express Beechcraft 1900 as it flew the last 15 miles to the Sitka airport.

The first officer wasn't affected and was able to continue the approach. When the captain regained his sight after about 30 seconds, he took the controls and landed the plane.

The lightning damaged the plane's right elevator.



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