JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at LAX after possible lightning strike
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - A JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York had to return to LAX on Thursday after reports that the aircraft was possibly struck by lightning, according to the airline.
Flight number 324 departed from LAX at 10:14 a.m. headed for JFK when it was reportedly struck around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
One hundred fifty-three passengers were onboard at the time. No one was injured.
The pilot was able to land the plane safely around 11:15 a.m.
Fox 11 reached out to JetBlue, they released the following statement:
"JetBlue flight 324 from Los Angeles to New York-JFK returned to LAX shortly after takeoff when the crew reported a possible lightning strike. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 11:15 a.m. PT and taxied to the gate. Crews will inspect the aircraft and determine if it may continue on to New York or if customers will be accommodated on another aircraft."
Passengers were able to safely deplane the aircraft by 11:45 a.m.