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Plane hit by lightning

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a rough flight for passengers and crew aboard a plane that landed at Blue Grass Airport Thursday night.

A spokeswoman with Allegiant Airlines confirmed to WKYT that a flight from Sanford, Florida was hit by lightning just before landing in Lexington around 9 p.m.

147 passengers and five crew members were on board when it was hit.

A flight attendant suffered minor injures and was checked out by paramedics after falling during turbulence.

Travelers waiting to take the same plane back to Florida say they knew something was wrong when they saw a mechanic working on the engine.

"Flight was supposed to leave at 7:50, by about 8:30 they announced it was delayed for two to three house, then it was canceled," said Morgan Kopp.

Several people spent the night in the terminal waiting for a new plane to take them to their original destination.

"If they had told us sooner I could have called someone to come get me, I live two hours away, but I couldn't do it at 10:30," said Carolyn Bentley who spent the night sleeping in a massage chair in the terminal.

Allegiant's spokeswoman said mechanics were on their way to Blue Grass Airport late Thursday to see how much damage the lightning caused to the plane. The company sent another plane to Lexington Friday morning to pick up those stranded travelers.


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