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Air NZ plane weathers lightning strike

Wednesday 13 Jul 2011 10:34 a.m.

Lightning struck the plane around 8pm last night (Reuters file)

Lightning struck the plane around 8pm last night (Reuters file)

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An Air New Zealand plane that had just taken off from Auckland was struck by lightning around 8pm last night.

Passengers on board reported a large flash and a loud crack.

The plane was not thought to be damaged, but turned back from its Wellington destination to land back in Auckland as a precaution.

Air New Zealand said the plane was undergoing engineering checks in Auckland today.

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