Air New Zealand flight carrying Otago cricket team struck by lightning
Otago Volts are currently at second spot on the Ford Trophy table. (Image: Otago Cricket)

An Air New Zealand flight from Christchurch to Dunedin, whose passengers included the Otago Volts cricket team, was struck by lightning Monday in what was termed a particularly nasty touchdown by the captain.

A spokesperson for Air New Zealand said that flight NZ5750 had ‘”encountered a lightning strike” as it descended towards Dunedin Airport and that lightning strikes are not uncommon and aircraft are designed with this in mind.”

Otago co-captain Jacob Duffy was quoted as telling the Otago Daily Times that the passengers did not feel anything but that a white flash was witnessed aboard the ATR. She was an interesting flight home. Coming into Dunedin was particularly nasty, said Duffy.

The flight subsequently underwent an engineering inspection.

Otago returned home after being Canterbury by four wickets at Hagley Oval in the Ford Trophy.