Monday, July 4, 2022

Two Planes Land at Newport News Airport After In-Flight Maladies

Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. (Photo by NN/Williamsburg International Airport)
Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. (Photo by NN/Williamsburg International Airport)

Two planes landed at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport within an hour of each other after one lost its glass protective canopy and the other was struck by lightning.

The first plane was a U.S. Air Force T-38, which lost its glass canopy in flight. The plane then conducted an emergency landing at the airport around 1:30 p.m., according to airport spokeswoman  Jessica Wharton. Nobody was hurt.

Less than an hour later, a regional jet inbound to the airport from Atlanta was struck by lightning. The crew operating the plane notified the airport of the strike and landed the plane at about 2:30 p.m. without incident.

Wharton said the Delta flight did not have any mechanical issues during the remainder of the flight or during the landing. Nobody was hurt.

A call to Langley Air Force Base seeking comment was not returned. The T-38 is a training jet, according to manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

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