Aspen-bound flight lands safely after lightning strike
July 18, 2012
ASPEN – A United Express flight operated by Skywest Airlines landed safely Monday evening after it was struck by lightning as it approached the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.
The aircraft was about 14 miles from the airport when it was struck, according to Jim Elwood, aviation director at the airport. The flight landed without incident, but the jet was taken out of service, forcing the cancellation of an outbound flight to Denver, an inbound flight Monday evening and an outbound flight Tuesday morning, he said.
The aircraft was inspected and then flown back to Denver without passengers on Tuesday morning.
Aircraft are built to handle lightning strikes, according to Elwood.
“They’re designed specifically to have a lightning strike and continue to perform,” he said.