PARIS, France (Wed, May 16) – Newly elected French President Francois Hollande was lucky enough to survive when his plane was hit by lightning, while he was traveling yesterday from Paris to Berlin. No one was hurt but that the plane returned to Paris as a safety measure, authorities said.
|Plane carrying Francois Hollande survived, after being struck by lightning|
According to defence ministry reports; President Hollande's plane was forced to return back to Paris shortly after took off when it came across the severe storm on the way. The plane was destined to Berlin carrying French President, who was on his first trip abroad as head of state.
Gerard Gachet, the spokesperson of French Defence Ministry, told that the Falcon 7X aircraft was hit by lightning soon after take-off yesterday, and returned to the Villacoublay air base for examination.
Reportedly, the president and his associates resumed their journey in another plane, a Falcon 900, Gachet told further.
Hollande took office earlier yesterday. He is due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Europe's financial crisis.
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