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Lightning hits jet - normal

Castanet confirmed that lightning struck an incoming WestJet flight during Tuesday night’s thunderstorm, and the popular airline company says this happens sometimes.

In a statement released to Castanet, Brie Thorsteinson Ogle says aircraft are built to withstand a breadth of weather events.

“The majority of lightning strikes result in little to no damage and guests on board are rarely aware, though some may see a flash of light,” says Ogle.

“In the event of a reported lightning strike, the aircraft is grounded for a required maintenance inspection.  In all, they are a relatively common occurrence and not a cause for concern.”

The media relations advisor for WestJet would not talk specifically about what happened in Tuesday's incident or whether the affected plane is back in service.

The passengers were rebooked on another flight.

If you or someone you know was on the WestJet flight from Calgary to Kelowna Tuesday night, share your experience at [email protected] 

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