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(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — A female airline passenger crossing the tarmac of a South Carolina airport was injured after a nearby lightning strike Saturday night.

The American Airlines flight, which left from Hartford, Connecticut, was destined for Charlotte, North Carolina but diverted to Columbia, South Carolina due to severe weather in the area, according to Kaela Harmon, Public Relations/Government Affairs Manager at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Passengers on the flight had deplaned and were walking across the tarmac when the lightning strike happened around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Harmon called it a “very random incident,” and said the woman was transported to Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, where she was listed in stable condition.

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