Estonian E170 near Tallinn on Jul 15th 2012, lightning strike

Last Update: July 16, 2012 / 16:10:48 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 15, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OV-167

Destination
Hanover, Germany

Aircraft Registration
ES-AED

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-170

ICAO Type Designator
E170

An Estonian Air Embraer ERJ-170, registration ES-AED performing flight OV-167 from Tallinn (Estonia) to Hanover (Germany), was climbing out of Tallinn a few minutes into the flight when a lightning struck the aircraft. While initially continuing towards Hanover the crew decided to turn around and return to Tallinn about 25 minutes into the flight and landed safely back in Tallinn about 50 minutes after departure.

The aircraft was able to depart again after approximately 2 hours on the ground and reached Hanover with a delay of just over 2.5 hours.

A passenger reported the crew initially announced following the lightning strike that the aircraft was fully operational and they would continue to Hanover. About 25 minutes after departure the crew turned around and announced that there were no maintenance facilities available in Hanover to perform the necessary checks following the lightning strike, so that they were returning. The passengers were kept on board, about 2 hours after landing the aircraft was able to depart again.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 15, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OV-167

Destination
Hanover, Germany

Aircraft Registration
ES-AED

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-170

ICAO Type Designator
E170

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