Seattle-bound jet diverted to Salt Lake after lightning strike

DENVER — A Frontier Airlines official says one of its planes was diverted to Salt Lake City after it was hit by lightning.

Spokeswoman Tyri Squyres says Friday night’s lightning strike damaged the airplane’s weather radar. None of the 168 passengers was injured.

She tells the Denver Post that the plane was traveling to Seattle when lightning hit around 6:50 p.m. Because of bad weather, she said it was not safe to return to its Denver starting point without the radar system, so it landed in Salt Lake.

The flight remained there for several hours while repairs were made.

Officials with Frontier and the Salt Lake airport didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Saturday that he didn’t have any information about the diverted flight.

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