Texas-bound flight lands in Wichita after lightning strike

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Delta Airlines flight traveling from Minnesota to Texas has been diverted to Wichita after being struck by lightning.

According to Wichita Airport Authority spokeswoman Valerie Wise, the aircraft operated by ExpressJet, a Delta regional connection carrier, was struck by lightning on its left wing Thursday evening after encountering storms near Manhattan, Kansas. The flight had left Minneapolis and was headed toward San Antonio.

Wise said passengers reported smelling smoke in the cabin before the flight safely landed at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita just before 7:30 p.m.

None of the 65 people onboard were injured. Wise said she did not have any reports of damage to the plane.


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