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Delta Air Lines flight struck by lightning while landing at LAX

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Lightning struck a Delta Air Lines plane as it landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday, but no injuries were reported, an airport spokesman said.

Flight 284 was scheduled to complete the 10-hour, 15-minute journey from Tokyo at 8:45 a.m. As the Airbus A330-200 descended over Santa Monica, it was hit by lightning, said LAX spokesman Albert Rodriguez.

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The plane pulled up to the terminal about 8:10, according to the Delta website.

Rodriguez did not know how many passengers were aboard the plane, but none of them reported injuries. He said the incident did not disrupt operations at the airport.

The lightning was generated by a storm system that pummeled Southern California on Saturday. Rain is expected through late Saturday, the National Weather Service said, slickening roads, stirring up surf and dousing the Grapevine and Tejon Pass with snow.

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