An unsuspecting traveler was struck by lightning Saturday evening at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) upon deplaning American Airlines Flight 5137. The woman, whose identity has yet to be released, was crossing the tarmac toward CAE when she was struck. Airport officials say she was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.
“It is truly the most random thing I have ever heard,” CAE spokeswoman Kaela Harmon told The State.
The Bombardier CRJ-900, operated by PSA Airlines, a regional affiliate of American, was en route from Hartford, Conn. to Charlotte, N.C. with 75 passengers onboard when it diverted to CAE due to severe weather conditions at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT).
American released a statement saying a second passenger has also been hospitalized and all families involved were being accommodated by the airline.