Queen’s jet hit by lightning

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A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight was struck by lightning on its way to Stockholm on Friday. Among the passengers on board was Norway’s Queen Sonja.

The queen was traveling to Stockholm to attend the royal wedding on Saturday of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria. A Royal Palace spokesman confirmed to Norwegian Broadcating (NRK) that she was on board but downplayed the incident.

The flight landed without problems and on time at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport, and the palace spokesman said the queen “was aware of what happened, but considered it undramatic.”

One of NRK’s journalists was on the flight and experienced the incident differently. “I thought it was very dramatic,” said Marianne Ytre-Eide Bjaarstad. “The plane suddently began to shake, then there was an enormous flash of light and a loud bang.”

She said the pilot “fortunately” was quick to explain “that we’d been hit by lightning but that everything was OK.”

The queen was picked up at Arlanda and driven to the royal yacht Norge, which sailed to Stockholm earlier in the week and will be used to house members of the Norwegian royal family attending the wedding this weekend.

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