Plane Leaving BWI Hit by Lightning, Lands at Dulles

Airliner was headed to Denver

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    Garrett Gilliam
    Lightning struck a plane as it took off from BWI.

    LINTHICUM, Md. -- A United Airlines official said a plane leaving BWI for Denver was hit by lightning as storms swept across the Washington area.

    United Airlines spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said Flight 593 was struck after leaving Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport about 7 p.m. Tuesday with 143 passengers.

    Johnson said the 757's captain thought the front of the plane was hit and headed for Dulles International Airport as a precaution.

    Airliners are designed to withstand the strikes and they are said to occur an average of once a year to each airliner.