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Conn.-Bound Flight Safely Lands At MacArthur Airport

U.S. Airways plance (File photo/William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

U.S. Airways plance (File photo/William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — A passenger jet with 35 aboard landed safely at MacArthur Airport after being struck by lightning.

The Federal Aviation Administration and an airline spokesman said U.S. Airways Express flight 4507 from Philadelphia to New Haven, Conn., was diverted to the airport in the Town of Islip Friday afternoon as a precaution.

FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said the pilot reported electrical problems with the aircraft after the lightning strike.

The plane had originally been scheduled to land at 2:30. It was unclear when it was diverted.

U.S. Airways spokesman Andrew Christie says the Bombardier Dash 8 has been taken out of service and is being evaluated. Passengers were bused to New Haven.

The flight was operated by Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of U.S. Airways.

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