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No injuries when Delta jet struck by lightning en route to LAX



A Delta jet was struck by lightning Saturday morning about eight miles northwest of LAX at 6,000 to 8,000 feet altitude.
A Delta jet was struck by lightning Saturday morning about eight miles northwest of LAX at 6,000 to 8,000 feet altitude.
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While many Angelenos woke this morning to loud, prolonged thunder, a Delta Airlines passenger jet was hit by lightning as it prepared to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Airbus A330, which originated in Narita, Japan, landed safely without incident.

LAX spokesman Albert Rodriguez told the Associated Press that rescue vehicles were sent to the runway after lightning struck the front section of the plane as it approached the airport a few minutes after 8 a.m.

Ian Gregor, the Public Affairs Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration-Pacific Region, told CBS2 the plane reported the strike “about 8 miles northwest of LAX at 6,000 to 8,000 feet altitude.”