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Air NZ plane weathers lightning strike

Wednesday 13 Jul 2011 10:34 a.m.

Lightning struck the plane around 8pm last night (Reuters file)

Lightning struck the plane around 8pm last night (Reuters file)

An Air New Zealand plane that had just taken off from Auckland was struck by lightning around 8pm last night.

Passengers on board reported a large flash and a loud crack.

The plane was not thought to be damaged, but turned back from its Wellington destination to land back in Auckland as a precaution.

Air New Zealand said the plane was undergoing engineering checks in Auckland today.

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