Lightning strikes American Airlines passenger at CAE

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A female airline passenger is recovering after being struck by lightning Saturday evening.

A spokesperson for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has confirmed that an American Airlines flight from Hartford, C.T. to Charlotte, N.C. was diverted to Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Saturday evening due to severe weather.

The spokesperson said passengers were deplaned, and during that process, a female passenger was struck by lightning.

"US Airways Express Flight 5137, operated by PSA, from Hartford (BDL) to Charlotte (CLT) was diverted to Columbia (CAE) due to weather conditions in CLT," an American Airlines spokesperson said. "The CRJ-900 aircraft landed without incident at 5:07 p.m.. During the deplaning process, two passengers were injured and transported to a local hospital to receive medical attention. The flight departed Hartford at 2:50 p.m. with 75 passengers and four crewmembers. We are assisting the passengers and families involved with this incident.

According to a Columbia Metropolitan Airport spokesperson the woman that was struck by lightning was last reported to be in a stable condition.

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