NEW YORK -- American Airlines Flight 4233 from Raleigh-Durham to LaGuardia was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after the plane hit turbulence and was struck by lightning.
The pilot reported a lightning strike at 6:06 p.m. and was diverted to Kennedy, where there are longer runways. The plane landed there safely.
Some passengers on board described a terrifying experience. One told us there was a flash of light and what sounded like a big explosion.
The FAA is investigating.
Nobody was injured.
The plane was being operated by Republic Airlines.
The FAA released a statement saying: "Republic Airlines 4233, an Embraer E170, landed safely at John F Kennedy International Airport at 6:06 pm tonight after reporting a lightning strike. The flight departed Raleigh-Durham International Airport enroute to LaGuardia Airport. The FAA will investigate."