Delta plane hit by lightning, forced to make emergency landing

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
February 20, 2019, 10:30:26 AM EST

A plane bound for Atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing after it was struck by lightning on Tuesday.

The flight from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Atlanta, Georgia, made an emergency landing Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The plane was carrying a total of 164 passengers, all of whom were uninjured.

Airport spokesperson Albert Waterhouse confirmed the aircraft landed safely with no injuries just after 4 p.m. local time.

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A Delta Air Lines plane sits at a gate. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Delta airlines released the following statement:

"Delta apologizes to the customers of flight 2050 for the delay incurred after the flight diverted to Chattanooga due a mechanical issue. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority. The aircraft is undergoing maintenance evaluation while the airline is working to get customers to their destination as quickly as possible."

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The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released the following statement:

"Delta Air Lines flight 2050, an MD-90, landed safely at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport at 3:38 p.m. EST after the pilot reported a possible lightning strike and declared an emergency. The flight departed George Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and was headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when it diverted. Contact the airline for passenger information. The FAA will investigate."

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