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WATCH: Veterans OK after lightning strikes Greater Peoria Honor Flight

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — No one was injured after lightning struck a wing of the plane transporting veterans headed to Washington, D.C. on the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Lightning blew a hole in the wing, according to Mason Dowling, a Heart of Illinois ABC reporter/anchor accompanying veterans on today’s flight. The plane landed without incident in the nation’s capital. Central Illinois veterans will return home on a different plane this evening, he said.

Video by Rich Van Norman II 

You can welcome the veterans back to the Peoria International Airport tonight around 9:30 p.m. Veterans will come through the gate for the big ceremony around 10 p.m.


Tim Shelley

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