Edinburgh-bound Aer Lingus flight from Cork diverted after being hit by lightning

A PASSENGER jet heading to Edinburgh was turned around this morning after reportedly being hit by lightning

Monday, 14th October 2019, 11:02 am
Updated Monday, 14th October 2019, 3:15 pm
A flight tracker shows the plane's diversion

The 6.40am Aer Lingus flight EI3806 from Cork was diverted to Dublin after declaring a mid-air emergency over Northern Ireland.

Online flight tracking tools showed the moment the ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner turned south.

Air Live tweeted: "LIVE Aer Lingus #EI3806 to Edinburgh is returning to Dublin due to lighting strike (thanks @johngrantjr) radarbox24.com/flight/EI3806"

A Stobart Air spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that flight EI3806 from Cork to Edinburgh diverted to Dublin due to a technical issue this morning which was corrected. Shortly following departure from Dublin, the aircraft was struck by lightning and re-routed and landed at Dublin Airport.

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“The flight has been cancelled and passengers were offered the next available flight from Dublin to Edinburgh. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our passengers."