Lightning hits Delta jetliner on approach to Dayton International Airport

This Delta jet was hit by lightning and this photo shows a blackened area of the tail section where the airliner was believed to have been hit. (Courtesy/John DiPietro)

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This Delta jet was hit by lightning and this photo shows a blackened area of the tail section where the airliner was believed to have been hit. (Courtesy/John DiPietro)

DAYTON -- A Delta Air Lines jetliner was hit by lightning on its approach to Dayton from Atlanta on Tuesday morning and landed safely, a spokesman with the airline confirmed.

"I can confirm Delta flight 1521 from Dayton to Atlanta was delayed following a lightning strike of the inbound aircraft," Michael Thomas, corporate communications, said Tuesday evening in an email.

"Delta sent another aircraft to Dayton to accommodate those customers," Thomas said in the email.

A caller to WHIO-TV sent a photo of apparent damage done to the tail section of the jet that was struck by lightning. That photo appears with this report.

The flight, scheduled to leave Dayton at 10:25 a.m. for the return trip to Atlanta, left at 4:33 p.m. and landed there at 5:58 p.m.

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