Lightning strike forces Qantas flight back to Sydney
A QANTAS plane has been diverted back to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a suspected lightning strike.
The regional plane en route to Port Macquarie was sent back to Sydney Airport on Tuesday morning so it could be checked for damage.
A Qantas spokesman told the Daily Telegraph aircraft were designed to withstand lightning strikes but airline policy meant the plane had to land for inspection.
"Port Macquarie does not have the engineering support required for this inspection so the flight returned to Sydney," the spokesman said.
"Aircraft are designed to withstand and fly safely when struck by lightning but it is policy that they get inspected at their arrival port after a strike."
Passengers were able to board another flight.