Tigerair flight turned back to Melbourne after mid-air lightning strike

Tigerair flight turned back to Melbourne after mid-air lightning strike

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Updated July 20, 2018 13:47:06 An airline passenger has described her terror and ultimate relief after the plane she was on was hit by lightning and forced to return to Melbourne Airport. Key points: A Tigerair flight was forced to return to Melbourne after being hit by lightning Passenger says there was a "big boom" about 10 minutes into flight Flight TT471 circled the skies before landing back in Melbourne South Australian woman Karen Juniper said she was aboard Tigerair flight TT471 from Melbourne to Adelaide, which took off yesterday evening. "We were bouncing all over the place, " she said. "About 10 minutes in, there was a big flash out on the wing, the left-hand side, and a big boom. "We continued on probably for another five minutes. "Then the captain [announced] we've had a heavy strike and we're going to have to make a sudden turn back to the airport which I think we were all pretty happy about." But she said the plane continued to circle the skies for about 45 minutes before it could land, with its lights dimmed and some passengers in tears. "It was rough, quite a few very distressed ....


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