On Jan. 31, a US Airways flight from Charlotte to Pensacola, Fla. was struck by lightning. The plane and its 73 passengers were thus forced to divert to Alabama. There were no reported injuries, according to TheCharlotteObserver.com.
It seems there has been numerous flights struck by lightning in the past few months.
Edward J. Rupke, senior engineer at Lightning Technologies, Inc. provides an explanation as to what happens when lightning strikes an airplane. It can be viewed here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-happens-when-lightni