American Airlines Passenger Struck by Lightning at South Carolina Airport
An American Airlines passenger is recovering after being struck by lightning at South Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Saturday.
According to The State, the unidentified woman was deplaning diverted Flight 5137 via stairs when she was struck by lightning on the tarmac. She was transported to a nearby hospital along with another passenger.
"It is truly the most random thing I have ever heard,'' airport spokeswoman Kaela Harmon told The State.
The woman's flight departed from Hartford, Connecticut and was bound for Charlotte, North Carolina before being diverted to Columbia, South Carolina because of bad weather conditions in Charlotte, according to an airline spokesperson via WISTV 10.
However conditions weren't much better in Columbia on Saturday evening as thunderstorms passed through the state capital.
"The CRJ-900 aircraft landed without incident at 5:07 p.m. During the deplaning process, two passengers were injured and transported to a local hospital to receive medical attention," said the American Airlines spokesperson in a statement via WISTV 10. "The flight departed Hartford at 2:50 p.m. with 75 passengers and four crewmembers. We are assisting the passengers and families involved with this incident."
As of Sunday, the injured woman was said to be in stable condition.
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