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Delta Plane Hit by Lightning at LAX

Storm brings thunder, lightning and rain.

A Delta Airlines passenger jet en route from Japan was struck by lightning as it landed at Los Angeles International Airport, but no one was injured, an airport spokesman said.

The lightning strike came as a thunderstorm moved east from Santa Monica Bay, spreading rain and thunder into the area.

"Delta 284 from Narita, Japan landed at 8:10 a.m. as it was hit by lightning," said Albert Rodriguez, a LAX spokesman.

"There were no reported injuries," he said.

"Los Angeles was the final destination for the plane, so all the passengers disembarked and the plane will be examined for any possible damage by Delta Airlines," Rodriguez said.

By 9 a.m., the storm had dropped .28 inches of rain at an automated rain gauge in Culver City, .13 inches in Venice, .12 inches in El Segundo and .24 inches in the mountains northwest of Malibu.

As the storm moved east, .16 inches of rain fell by 9 a.m., both at USC and at a gauge near Los Angeles Union Station, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Several lightning strikes were observed in West Los Angeles and Marina del Rey.

A 70 percent chance of rain remained for the rest of the day, according to the National Weather Service.

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