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NYC bound plane declares emergency after lightning strikes

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NEW YORK (AP) - An American Eagle flight from Detroit has landed safely at New York's LaGuardia Airport after being struck by lightning.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller says American Eagle Flight 4563 was struck twice by lightning as it approached New York Wednesday morning.

Miller says the captain declared an emergency as a precaution. The plane landed safely at 10:41 a.m.

The spokesman says a maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft. It was an Embraer 135 with 20 passengers and three crew members.

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