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Autopilot lessons to be learned after lightning strike

Lessons can be learned after a flight from Aberdeen to Shetland was hit by lightning and lost height rapidly, a report has said.

The Loganair Saab 2000 was heading for Sumburgh Airport when it was struck in December 2014.

The pilot attempted to climb, but the autopilot was still engaged. The plane eventually levelled and landed safely.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said autopilot should automatically disengage during override attempts.

The aircraft at one time had been nose down, falling at a rate of 9,500ft per minute and gathering speed.

It had 30 passengers and three crew on board.

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