American Airlines flight 4233 was en route to LaGuardia from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, when a pilot reported a lightning strike around 6:06 p.m. Thursday, according to WABC. The flight was diverted to nearby JFK airport, which has longer runways.
Passengers on board described a terrifying experience to WABC, with one saying there was a flash of light followed by what sounded like an explosion. No passengers were injured.
The FAA said it is investigating the incident.