Flight makes emergency New Jersey landing after encountering lightning

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport late on Friday after encountering lightning after taking off from Boston, according to an airline spokesman.

JetBlue flight 425, headed to West Palm Beach, Florida with 148 passengers and five crew members, encountered lightning after taking off from Boston's Logan International Airport at 8.54pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Friday (8.54am Saturday Singapore time).

"In an abundance of caution, the captain chose to divert to the New York area," said JetBlue spokesman Sebastian White.

The Airbus A-320 plane was flying through Andrea, a post-tropical storm that dumped more than 12.7cm of rain in some parts of New York's Long Island.

After circling over John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the plane landed at 11.04pm EDT at Newark's airport, where the weather was clearer, the spokesman said.

No injuries were reported. Passengers were put on another plane and flown to their final destination in Florida.

Mr White could not immediately confirm whether the plane sustained damage, as it was not clear if it was struck by lightning. He said the maintenance staff at Newark's airport would examine the plane before returning it to service.

A Federal Aviation Administration official was not immediately available for comment.

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