Washington - Two planes landed in Maryland and Virginia after being struck by lightning on Sunday morning. No one was injured.

Both incidents occurred around 10:30 a.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac.


The first aircraft, Continental Jetlink #1202, was on its way to Newark, N.J., when it was hit. It made an emergency landing without incident at Baltimore /Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and no one was hurt.

The other flight, United Express 7795 departed from Dulles International Airport on its way to Toronto, and turned around and returned to Dulles after being stuck.

Salac said it was unusual that two planes would be struck by lightning at around the same time, but she did not have any specific statistics of how often it has occurred.

A storm system over the mid-Atlantic triggered heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the D.C. area Sunday morning and into the afternoon. Weather.com continued to warn individuals to watch for lightning into late afternoon.