Ryanair flight from Edinburgh struck by lightning

A Ryanair Boeing 737.  Picture: PA

A Ryanair Boeing 737. Picture: PA

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A FLIGHT from Edinburgh to Spain has been forced to land at Prestwick after being struck by lightning.

The Ryanair flight to Alicante was reported to have been diverted shortly after taking off from the Capital at 6.15pm.

It was then inspected by engineers and given the all-clear before taking off again.

A Ryanair spokesman told the BBC: “We apologise to passengers affected by this short delay, however the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”