LOS ANGELES A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing after being struck by lightning just after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport Thursday morning amid a thunderstorm which pummeled the Southland.
JetBlue Flight 324 bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport was forced to turn around after its crew reported being hit by lightning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.
An LAX spokesperson told CBS2 the plane — which had 153 people aboard and 36,000 pounds of fuel — safely landed a little before 11 a.m.Â There was no word of any injuries to the passengers or crew. According to FlightAware, the plane took off at 10:10 a.m. and did not pull back into the gate until 11:05 a.m.
Several passengers aboard took to social media to describe the event.
No joke, our plane from LAX to JFK got hit by lightening. Turning around and heading back to LA for emergency landing.
— Victoria Rickson (@victoriarickson) January 31, 2019
Yes JetBlue flight 324 10:14am LAX to JFK. Lightning strike on takeoff and we returned to LAX. Still on the plane waiting for a gate and maintenance crew.
— Jake McGraw (@jakemcgraw) January 31, 2019