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Columbian jet crash after lightning strike

Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
Officials said it was a ‘miracle’ that only one person was killed when a Colombian plane carrying 131 people was struck by lightning and crash landed on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
The Boeing 737 split into three on impact, narrowly missing the terminal building, at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport on the island of San Andres. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
The plane was struck by lightning 80m above the tarmac. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
A police statement said passengers were ‘literally scattered over the end of the runway’. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
A 73-year-old woman died in hospital after suffering a heart attack, officials said. Severely injured survivors were flown to Bogota for medical treatment. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
The Aires airline plane left Bogota shortly after midnight (0500 GMT) and crashed in San about two hours later, air traffic controllers said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Columbian jet crash after lightning strike
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash, but experts suggest a change in wind direction or an air pocket as well as the lightening could be to blame. (AFP/Getty Images)