Flybe lightning-struck plane returns to Exeter

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A FLYBE flight between Exeter and Jersey was struck by lightning yesterday and returned to the UK as a ‘precautionary measure’.


After stopping in Guernsey, Flight BE300 turned back from the south-east of the Island.

There were 64 passengers on board and arrangements were made to enable them to complete their journey later yesterday.

A spokesperson for Flybe said in a statement: ‘Flybe can confirm that the BE300 flight experienced a lightning strike en route between Guernsey and Jersey this morning.

‘As a precautionary measure the captain elected to return to Exeter so that the aircraft could be thoroughly inspected in the Exeter hangars by its engineers.

‘The aircraft landed safely without incident and all 64 passengers disembarked as normal. Arrangements were made to enable them to complete their journey as soon as possible later today.

‘Flybe’s engineers have since confirmed that the aircraft sustained no damage during the incident.

‘We sincerely apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience experienced however their safety and that of our crew is our number one priority at all times.’

Meanwhile a Flybe flight from Manchester that was due to land in Jersey at 11.45am had to turn back to the UK yesterday morning due to thunderstorms.

It circled north of the Island for nearly 30 minutes.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire

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