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PostSubject: Lightning strike disrupts Gatwick Airport flights   Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:08 am

Lightning strike disrupts Gatwick Airport flights

Passengers have been warned to expect delays after lightning struck the control tower at Gatwick Airport.

The airport said the tower was hit at about 1400 BST during thunder storms that swept across the South East.

A spokeswoman said departing flights were delayed by the lightning strike, weather conditions and surges on the local power grid.

He said arrivals had not been affected but there would be some disruption to departing flights.
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The Gatwick spokeswoman added: "There is no damage, as far as I'm aware, and no injuries.

"Everything is up and running and has been since 1445 BST. Departing flights were suspended momentarily for 25 minutes."

Passengers on the Gatwick Express, between the airport and London Victoria station, have also been warned to expect some delays after lightning strikes caused signalling problems.

Southern Railway said its services were also disrupted.

In a statement on its website, the firm said: "It is estimated that passengers should expect delays of up to 40 minutes currently in the Gatwick/Three Bridges area with short notice alterations and cancellations.

"Southern services are being severely disrupted on the Brighton Main Line between Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges due to a lightning strike between Horley and Three Bridges."

Firefighters have been dealing with a house fire in the Maidenbower area of Crawley that is also believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

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