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Italian team plane hit by lightning

[Thursday, March 21, 2013 ]

The Italian national football team survived a scare when their plane was struck by a bolt of lightning on Wednesday.

As if facing Brazil wasn't enough stimulation, Italy has been shocked with their plane hit by lightning
As if facing Brazil wasn't enough stimulation, Italy has been shocked with their plane hit by lightning

The Azzurri were flying from Florence to Geneva for their international friendly against Brazil on Thursday evening when the plane was hit by lightning bolt.

No damage was caused but the passengers were clearly shaken by the incident.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said: "It certainly wasn't pleasant, and I challenge anyone to say 'I wasn't afraid'. It's happened to me before but never this strongly."

Flight personnel moved quickly to spread calm, explaining that it was lightning but that there was no danger.

"The situation was always under control," assured captain Roberto Andolfato in Sky Italia.

After the plane had touched down on Swiss soil, Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio tweeted: "We got a real scare today on the plane!

"Now we are in the hotel in Geneva, tomorrow there's a great game with Brazil."

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