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Aircraft struck by lightning at McCarran, no injuries

Matt Mayhood

Aircraft struck by lightning at McCarran, no injuries

CREATED Aug. 21, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – A Southwest Airlines aircraft was struck by lightning just before 8 p.m. Tuesday as monsoon storms rolled through the valley.

A McCarran International Airport spokesperson told Action News eight people were on board the aircraft as it sat at its gate in the “C” concourse. It was not immediately clear whether those eight were crew members or passengers.

McCarran reports that there were no injuries or fire related to the lightning strike but the aircraft has been isolated on the tarmac.

Whenever lightning strikes the ground within 5 miles of the airport, fueling aircraft at the airport is stopped. 

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