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Lightning may have hit plane

A Delta Express 737 landed safely Monday at Orlando International Airport after it apparently was hit by lightning, Delta and airport officials said.

No injuries were reported aboard the plane, which was carrying 119 passengers and five crew members from Boston to Orlando.

"It's not an everyday occurrence but it's not uncommon," Delta spokesman Todd Clay said.

Passengers saw a ball of orange light hit the wing and roll along it, said Larry Sims, a spokesman at the airport tower.

The incident occurred about 11:15 a.m. as the aircraft circled the airport in a holding pattern during a thunderstorm.

The pilot reported a smoky smell in the cockpit and was given permission to land ahead of other waiting aircraft, Clay said. Sims said no planes had been permitted to land for 20 minutes because of severe weather warnings.

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