11 May '11, 5am

Qantas flight forced to return to Auckland airport after being struck by lightning

A Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne was forced to turn back after a suspected lightning strike on Wednesday, but landed safely with no damage or injuries to passengers. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY - A QANTAS flight from Auckland to Melbourne was forced to turn back after a suspected lightning strike on Wednesday, but landed safely with no damage or injuries to passengers. The airline said the captain of the Boeing 737-800 made the decision in the interests of safely, even though the aircraft is built to withstand such an impact. 'The pilot suspected that the plane had been hit by lightning. It was quite early in the flight so he turned back,' a Qantas spokesman said. 'There was no damage and he made a normal landing. The aircraft is undergoing normal checks.' It was the latest in a series of recent incidents involving Australia's national airline. Last month, another f...

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