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Day: <span>June 22, 2023</span>

New Zealand plane en route to Southern Pacific island struck by lightning

A New Zealand flight bound for Rarotonga, Cook Islands, in the Southern Pacific was struck by lightning early Thursday morning.

Passengers on board had the scare of their life as the Air New Zealand flight circled over T?wharanui Peninsula in northern Auckland eight times for almost an hour before landing back around 8 am (local time).

Flight tracking showed the aircraft didn’t make it far before being hit. The aircraft was an Airbus A321 —a twin-jet plane. NZ942 was struck shortly after take-off. The plane had to use up some fuel before landing.

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