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Monday, August 23, 2010

Plane crashed and splited into 3

One woman has died and 114 other passengers were injured after a plane crashed, after being struck by lightning, in the Caribbean.

The Airline Aires plane was struck by a lighting while flying to its destination. It was spilt into 3 due to the impact when it went down short of the runway on San Andres Island in the Caribbean.

The Boeing 737 was travelling from Bogotá, Colombia and it was carrying 121 passengers and six crew members on board when it crash-landed after travelling through an "intense electrical storm."

Around 100 passengers were taken to Amor de Patria Hospital on the island and only 4 suffered serious injuries. The woman who died was named locally as Amar Fernandez de Barretos who was 86. She died due to a heart attack shortly after the plane crashed.

Passenger jets are hit by lightning every 1,000 flight hours - on average twice a year.

The pilot of the Boeing 737 said ''In my career as a pilot I often experienced lightning as did all of my colleagues, it's something which is often impressive, it makes a lot of noise in the aircraft and usually electrical power fails. But it's just as if it happens at home: the fuses jump, you put them back and everything works."





Shortly after the crash, the island's airport was closed as an investigation was launched. Donald Tascon, deputy director of Colombia's aeronautics authority officially announced, "We are inspecting the remains of the plane to try to establish what the damages were and what caused the accident."

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