Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight #VS65 from London Gatwick to Montego Bay was struck by lightning shortly after take off at 1150 UTC this morning.
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The Boeing 747-400 (reg. G-VLIP) dumped fuel over the channel and returned to London Gatwick.
It safely landed at 1250 UTC runway 26L. The aircraft is 16 years old.
The flight is postponed. Takeoff scheduled at 1630 UTC.