Lightning strike causes emergency landing at New York’s JFK Airport

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NEW YORK, NY — US Federal Aviation Administration officials say that a passenger plane from North Carolina was forced to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after the lightning strike .

The FAA spokeswoman says the American Airlines flight was scheduled to land at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, about 10 miles away from JFK, after reporting the plane was struck by lightning.

The flight had taken off from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

American Airlines says the plane, which was carrying 55 passengers and four crew members on board, landed safely at JFK Thursday evening.