Chicago-bound flight forced to land at Mitchell International after lighting strike

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 22:43:15-04

MILWAUKEE -- Sunday night's storm forced a United flight to land after it was struck by lightning.

Three-hundred and twenty passengers and 10 crew members on United flight 995 headed from San Francisco to O'Hare got quite the jolt on their red-eye.

Maheen Kaleem was one of the passengers who shared what the ride was like when the pilot decided to ground the plane at Mitchell International.

"I did see a flash of lightning, so I just thought we were going through a storm," Kaleem said.

The passengers, including Kaleem, were bussed to O'Hare as the plane was fixed. She made another flight to Washington D.C.

She gave a lot of credit to the pilot and crew for remaining calm during the mid-air scare.

A spokesman for United would not say exactly where the plane was struck or what, if anything, was damaged on the plane.