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Zambia passenger plane survives lightning strike

ZAMBIA – A pilot in Zambia performed a heroic feat on Monday when he managed to safely land a Dash 8-300 plane with 41 passengers on board, after it was hit by lightning and a hailstorm.

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The incident happened as the plane, which belongs to local airline Proflight, was approaching the capital Lusaka, from the tourist town of Livingstone.

The aircraft was cruising about 19 000ft (5,791m) above sea level when lightning struck the jet and damaged its nose cone.

But the pilot navigated his way through the storm and landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

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Phil Lemba, a top manager at Proflight said he was happy that all the passengers had arrived safely.

“Our plane which was carrying 41 passengers, was hit by lightning around 15:20 hours as the plane was approaching Lusaka,” Mr Lemba told the local newspaper.

“Because of the design of the plane, there was not much damage to the plane. The aircraft structure has static lightning dispersers,” he said.

The pilot was praised on Facebook.

“I have to really take my hat off to the @Proflightzambia pilots. They not only did their best to take us out of the storm as quickly as possible, but they landed with great calm and professionalism. It was only after we disembarked that we saw the torn-up nose,” read one of the comments posted on the site.

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