August 16th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

Plane splits apart in Colombia, killing one

[Updated at 8:15 a.m.] One passenger was killed and 34 were injured when lightning hit an airplane and caused it to split into at least two parts when landing early Monday on the island of San Andres, Colombia, Gov. Pedro Gallardo told CNN en Espanol.

There were 131 people on-board the Aires airline 737-700 jet when it crashed around 1:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. ET), the Colombian national police said. The flight had 121 adult passengers, four minors and six crew members, the police said.

The fatality was identified as Amar Fernandez de Barreto.


[Posted at 7:54 a.m.] One passenger died and 34 were injured when bad weather caused an airplane to split into three parts when landing early Monday in San Andres, Colombia, the national police said.

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  1. wzrd1

    It would be nice to know what KIND of aircraft it was. Lightning strikes on aircraft are FAR from unusual and has NOT been known to normally cause an aircraft to split into multiple parts.
    Microbursts have been known to slam an aircraft into the ground and do exactly what is described.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ja Wikondiek

    Was the plane made in China? Just asking.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |