Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Hyderabad-bound AirAsia India flight struck by lightning, returns to Bengaluru

Bengaluru:  In a rare incident, an AirAsia India flight was struck by lightning while on its way from Bengaluru to Hyderabad on Tuesday morning. As a result, the flight was forced to return to the Kempegowda International Airport. None of the passengers on board the flight were hurt. But the aircraft appears to have suffered minor damages.

The Airbus A320 took off from Bengaluru airport at 7.39 am. It had 91 passengers on board.

According to an airline spokesperson, "AirAsia India flight I5-1576, operating from Bengaluru to Hyderabad, returned to Bengaluru due to air traffic congestion caused by inclement weather." 

An inspection by the airline later revealed that the aircraft had encountered a lightning strike. 

"Lighting strikes although rare, do occur and aircraft are safeguarded against strikes which do not pose a risk. The safety of guests and the aircraft remained intact at all points," the spokesperson said. 

A passenger Dr Arun Mavaji had tweeted that after returning to Bengaluru and refuelling, airline staff realised the aircraft was damaged.

AirAsia responded that a change in aircraft was being made to carry the passengers. 

02/08/22 S. Lalitha/New Indian Express

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