UPDATE: Delta plane hit by lightning diverted to Chattanooga airport, no one injured
Officials with the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport say a plane that was headed to Atlanta had to land in Chattanooga because it was struck by lightning on Tuesday.
Airport spokesperson Albert Waterhouse says the plane, an MD 90, had a 164 people on board and was a Delta Airlines flight coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Waterhouse says the plane is on the ground and no one has been injured.
“The aircraft will be closely inspected to determine the next steps in getting the passengers to their final destination,” says Waterhouse in a statement to Channel 3.
Delta released the following statement to Channel 3:
"Delta apologizes to the customers of flight 2050 for the delay incurred after the flight diverted to Chattanooga due a mechanical issue. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority. The aircraft is undergoing maintenance evaluation while the airline is working to get customers to their destination as quickly as possible."
The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released the following statement:
"Delta Air Lines flight 2050, an MD-90, landed safely at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport at 3:38 p.m. EST after the pilot reported a possible lightning strike and declared an emergency. The flight departed George Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and was headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when it diverted. Contact the airline for passenger information. The FAA will investigate."
Delta spokesperson Lisa Hellerstedt says the airline is working to get the passengers to Atlanta by bus.
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