AirTran 717 takes lightning strike in Philadelphia

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AirTran 717 takes lightning strike enroute to Philadelphia

Incident: AirTran B712 near Philadelphia on Apr 22nd 2009, lightning strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Apr 23rd 2009 16:47Z, last updated Thursday, Apr 23rd 2009 17:02Z
The crew of an AirTran Airways Boeing 717-200, registration N991AT performing flight FL-626 from Orlando,FL to Philadelphia,PA (USA), declared emergency while on approach to Philadelphia reporting, that the airplane had been hit by lightning directly into the nose cone. The airplane landed safely on runway 27R.

This was the second of three lightning strikes within one hour. Runway 27L was still occupied with the first lightning strike at the time of the landing, see also Incident: Republic E170 near Philadelphia on Apr 22nd 2009, lightning strike and Incident: US Airways B752 near Philadelphia on Apr 22nd 2009, lightning strike.


Metars:
KPHL 230054Z 26009KT 10SM FEW050 SCT090 BKN120 BKN200 09/05 A2977 RMK AO2 RAE2357 SLP079 P0000 T00890050
KPHL 222354Z 28011KT 10SM -RA FEW033 BKN045CB BKN070 BKN200 09/05 A2974 RMK AO2 PK WND 28029/2310 WSHFT 2258 SLP071 CB NE-E MOV E P0000 60000 T00940050 10128 20094 53026
KPHL 222314Z 27020G29KT 10SM -RA FEW033 BKN045CB BKN070 OVC130 10/05 A2973 RMK AO2 PK WND 28029/2310 WSHFT 2258 CB NE AND SE MOV E P0000
KPHL 222254Z 22016KT 10SM -RA FEW040CB BKN060 BKN080 OVC200 11/05 A2970 RMK AO2 PK WND 21028/2155 RAB34 SLP058 CB N-NE AND S-SW MOV E P0000 T01110050
KPHL 222154Z 21017G21KT 10SM FEW035 SCT055 BKN090 BKN200 13/05 A2969 RMK AO2 RAB25E38 SLP053 VCSH NE-SE P0000 T01280050
KPHL 222054Z 20009KT 10SM FEW035 SCT060 SCT100 OVC200 12/04 A2966 RMK AO2 SLP045 T01220044 56014
KPHL 221954Z 23007KT 10SM FEW035 SCT060 BKN120 OVC200 13/02 A2967 RMK AO2 SLP048 T01280022
 
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