Plane Hit By Lightning Makes Emergency Landing

LYNCHBURG, Va. --

US Airways says an airplane with 16 people aboard made an emergency landing in Virginia after being struck by lightning.

Airline spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says nobody was injured.

Wunder says flight 4376 operated by the US Airways subsidiary Piedmont was en route from Charlotte, N.C., to Lynchburg, Va., when it was struck by lightning 20 miles south of its destination Wednesday. She says the pilot declared an emergency and landed at the Lynchburg airport without incident.

There were 13 passengers and three crew members aboard the Dash 8-300 twin turboprop aircraft.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says the pilot reported an electrical failure.

Peters says the FAA will investigate.


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