Incident: Jetblue A320 at New York on May 17th 2011, lightning strike
|By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:31Z, last updated Thursday, May 19th 2011 16:32Z |
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N583JB performing flight B6-180 (dep May 16th) from Phoenix,AZ to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 151 passengers and 5 crew, was on approach to New York's runway 04R descending through 13000 feet when the crew reported a lightning strike. A minute later the crew declared emergency reporting they now were smelling smoke in the cockpit and needed to land as soon as possible. The crew landed safely on runway 04R about 10 minutes later. After landing the crew reported the smell had dissipated, emergency services reported everything appeared normal, the aircraft began to taxi towards the apron when one of the fire trucks reported a suspicious line on the side of the fuselage causing suspicions of a possible crack. The line was also found on the other side of the fuselage and suspected to be part of an (old) paint scheme. The aircraft taxied to the apron.
The aircraft had been enroute at FL330 until abeam Albuquerque,NM then descended to FL260 for the remaining cruise portion of the flight.
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