Plane in emergency landing after lightning strike

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A plane packed with passengers was struck by lightning as it took off from Birmingham Airport and was forced to make an emergency landing.

Thomson flight BY516 to Izmir in Turkey was diverted to Gatwick Airport after the pilot flagged it up as an emergency to air traffic control.

Following Saturday's drama, which happened at around 3pm, a Thomson spokesman said: "The plane landed safely and all passengers disembarked. No one was injured."

Passengers were given alternative flights in order to continue their journey to Turkey.

Danny Frail, who was on the plane with his partner Lauren Horler, from Rotherham, said it was a very scary experience.

He tweeted: "Plane has been struck by lightning and had to do an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport."

He later said he felt "lucky to be alive" before adding: "I'm just glad me and Lauren got down safely."

Another passenger said: "I was on this flight and oh my god. I was so nervous."

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